Minority Firms Rail Against High-Speed Discrimination

Complaint alleges only fraction of contracts awarded

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some minority businesses are claiming the California High-Speed Rail Authority excluded them in the bidding process for lucrative engineering and design contracts.

Associated Professionals and Contractors filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday. The group is demanding that the government withhold more than $3 billion in funding for the bullet train project pending an investigation into the claims.

The complaint alleges that of 134 companies awarded contracts by the authority, only about a dozen are minority-owned. It claims the authority violated civil rights law.

A transportation department spokesman declined comment because he hadn’t seen the complaint. The authority said it has complied with the law.

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  • Oncle Willie

    What if a company has 90 percent minority employment but is owned by a white person? Would it be a civil rights violation to award the contract to the white owned firm?

    It is a game with some of these companies. Find yourself a niche, like a “black” owner and then hire a majority of white employees. How does that benefit minorities? Whinny idiots are just upset because their bids were either not competitive or that did not meet the minimum professional standards. Get over it.

  • swhit

    Do they speak English? Maybe that is the problem or should I say their problem!

  • Clara Morrison

    What was it Obama was saying about a post-racial society?

  • dion

    These minority contracts should be eliminated just like affirmative action.

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