Firm suing Toyota, state officials over alleged race discrimination

A Jackson contracting firm has filed a racial discrimination suit in federal court against Toyota, the governor and other state officials challenging how the bid process for the $1.3 billion project was handled.

Fish & Fisher of Jackson allege Toyota and the state officials “conspired to deny minority and/or disadvantaged businesses … the same opportunity to bid on the Toyota Prius plant contracts by inviting only white-owned companies the privilege to bid on the general or tier one projects with Toyota and to make a profit,” according to the complaint.

Fish & Fisher, which is owned by Jacqueline Williams and Renna Fisher, says it met the requirements to be general contractors for the site preparation work but were not asked to bid.

Clarion-Ledger 4/10/9