NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana millworkers say they are being subjected to racist harassment by a contractor hired to install the state’s second largest mill.
The owner of the mill in New Orleans, William Millwork, said workers are subjected to racism in a contract dispute that has dragged on for nearly a year.
Millwork said his workers were offered no benefits for the work they do.
He said he had to fight back when the contract negotiations were brought to a close in June.
The contract is for a $30 million mill that is expected to begin operating in 2018.
The contract is worth about $10 million, he said.
Millwork said he was not aware of any cases of racial discrimination against his workers.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s office said last month that the state was investigating a contract between Millwork and a New Orleans subcontractor, and that it could not confirm the case because the company was not a party.
A statement issued by Millwork in July said he would not be able to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
He declined to say if he had filed a complaint with the state or whether the company had a contract with the attorney general.
A spokesman for the state Department of Economic and Community Development said Millwork was notified about the allegations last week.