Partial Settlement in Carpenters' Racial Discrimination Case

Bob the Builder never had to call Bob the Lawyer…

Eight of the 28 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against companies at a Bayview construction site for alleged discrimination and labor law violations — including running segregated work crews, turning away black workers in favor of Latinos, and extorting wage kickbacks from the Latinos — have settled with the companies and dropped out of the suit. The eight former plaintiffs are set to receive their checks Friday.  

The remaining 20 carpenters will push forward with a lawsuit in federal court against housing giant AIMCO and several of the subcontractors working on AIMCO's federally subsidized housing units on the hill overlooking the Hunter's Point Shipyard: Fortney and Weygandt, Inc.; IMR Contractor Corporation; Bay Building Services; and Bay Area Construction Framers.

The alleged practices at the construction site that seemed plucked

right out of the Jim Crow days were detailed in a 2008 SF Weekly cover

story “Building Racism.” While the plaintiffs signed confidentiality agreements regarding the terms of the mediation last week, some of the 20 remaining plaintiffs expressed anger at the relatively paltry amount of money they were offered — and that some of their fellow carpenters would accept it (Because of the confidentiality agreement, SF Weekly cannot reveal the exact dollar amount). 

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