Below is the first part of an article by Edward Donga from enterprisenews.com. It reads…
A former Brockton resident has brought a class-action lawsuit against the city over allegedly discriminatory hiring practices within the Department of Public Works. The complaint, which was filed in Plymouth County Superior Court on Monday, was brought by Russell Lopes, who lived in Brockton for 20 years before moving to Virginia in July 2012.
The defendants are the City of Brockton, DPW Commissioner Michael Thoreson and Personnel Director Maureen Cruise.
In August 2010, Lopes applied for a job with the DPW as a “Motor Equipment Repairman,” but was not hired. Lopes, a black man from Cape Verde, claims in his lawsuit that the white man who was eventually hired had filed an incomplete application.
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