MnDOT has failed -- often badly -- to meet goals for hiring women and minority-owned businesses on highway and transit projects. The federal government is investigating and a MnDOT employee has sued.
MnDOT falls far short on goals for hiring women and minority contractors Women and minority-owned businesses in Minnesota have missed out on tens of millions of dollars worth of state highway and transit contracts, in possible violation of federal law. The federal government has launched an investigation, and a MnDOT employee filed a whistleblower lawsuit, saying she was threatened with firing because she brought the issue to her supervisor's attention.November 9, 2007
The major players A list of the major players involved in the investigation over whether MnDOT hired contractors for major construction projects, even though there were questions about whether they were following federal laws on subcontracting work to minority and women-owned businesses.November 9, 2007
Excerpts from Joanne Wagner's whistleblower lawsuit Joanne Wagner is the former director of MnDOT's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. Wagner filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the agency in July 2007, claiming she was demoted after she recommended against awarding a contract to Granite and McCrossan. She settled her suit in early November for $170,000, and is leaving the agency. Here are excerpts from her lawsuit.November 9, 2007
MnDOT admits it hasn't met DBE goals The Minnesota Department of Transportation has fallen short for years on its own goals for hiring minority and women-owned businesses on construction projects.November 9, 2007
MnDOT's performance from 2000-2004 MnDOT hired NERA Economic Consulting to assess the agency's performance in attaining its goals of hiring disadvantaged economic enterprises, or DBEs, on major contracts from 2000-2004.November 9, 2007
A timeline of the MnDOT projects in question This timeline shows the progress on two major MnDOT contracts which are now under scrutiny by federal investigators for inadequate hiring of minority and women-owned businesses.November 9, 2007
Statement from Granite and McCrossan Granite and McCrossan released this statement on Sept. 19, 2007, in response to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's decision to fine them more than $4 million for missing the DBE subcontracting goals on the Hiawatha light rail project and the I-494 rebuild, and for misrepresenting the numbers.November 9, 2007