Women say they should remain part of WSDOT minority program

Staff writerJanuary 13, 2014 

White female business owners are fighting to remain part of a a program that helps them and other minorities land contracts building highways, according to KING 5.

KING 5's Susannah Frame writes that a study commissioned last year by the Washington State Department of Transportation determined that businesses owned by white women aren't having as much trouble getting work as firms owned by other minorities.

That led WSDOT to propose excluding white women from the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, which requires general contractors to "hire disadvantaged firms to perform a set percentage of a project," according to the KING 5 article.

However, WSDOT's recommendation has led a group of white women to threatening to sue the agency, Frame reports.

Several women told KING 5 that they feel discriminated against on a regular basis in the construction industry, and need to remain a part of the program.


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