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Suit Claims Failure to Hire Minority Firms in Casino Construction

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed against Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore claims contracts for the construction of the casino were not sufficiently awarded to minority businesses, even though the project received federal housing funds earmarked for that purpose.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports the complaint was filed Thursday by Celestial Concrete Inc., the Maryland Business Clergy Partnership and an unnamed individual. The plaintiffs say rather than providing contracting opportunities for minority businesses and training and employment for low-income individuals - as required by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department for recipients of the funding - the city fraudulently received the funds.

The company said in a statement Monday that Horseshoe Casino Baltimore "vehemently denies" the lawsuit's claims.

A similar lawsuit was filed in 2015 against MGM National Harbor and Prince George's County.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.