Activists target Michigan business facing racial harassment allegations


LANSING, Mich. – A group of activists targets a Michigan company that is already facing a federal lawsuit containing allegations of racial harassment in the workplace.

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The National Action Network has expressed frustration that Michigan taxpayers’ money is going to United Electrical Contractors. The Lansing-based company is a contractor working on the $74million Godfrey Hotel in Corktown.

The project benefits from development incentives in the form of tax breaks.

Former employees sued United Electrical Contractors, alleging a pattern of harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in January and litigation is ongoing.

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United Electrical Contractors issued a statement calling the lawsuit an “ongoing harassment campaign by a union”. The statement also says that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has refused to pursue some of the allegations included in the lawsuit.

The company says employees receive diversity training and that “we are proud of our diverse and talented workforce.”

Here is the full statement from United Electrical Contractors:

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Six former employees of United Electrical Contractors have filed a lawsuit against the Lansing-based company. The lawsuit accuses middle to high management of racial harassment on construction sites.

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