For­mer track work­ers sue Metro over fir­ings

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Mar­tine Pow­ers

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.

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