Former track workers sue Metro over firings
Five former employees of Metro’s track inspection department are suing the agency, saying they were wrongfully terminated as part of an investigation into falsified inspection records.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Metro had no evidence that the workers — two track walkers, two supervisors and one maintenance manager — committed any wrongdoing. Instead, the workers’ attorneys argue, Metro officials sought to blame rank-and-file workers, who are predominantly black, and protect higher-ranking officials within the agency.
The workers are suing Metro on one count of a hostile work environment and one count of racial discrimination. They are seeking damages from the transit agency, as well as back pay from the time that they were fired.