While it waits for official goals from the state, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. — the general contractor for the Horseshoe Baltimore casino — set its goals for participation of minority and women-owned businesses at 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. But Arnold M. Jolivet, the managing director for the Maryland Minority Contractors’ Association, isn’t satisfied, and he’s set to sue Whiting-Turner and the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission.
Jolivet says the numbers Whiting-Turner has been basing its hiring on thus far are arbitrary and far too low. He thinks minority participation should be “around 40 or 45 percent,” according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
The governor’s special secretary for minority affairs says the state is still working on nailing down the formal numbers and has been working “diligently” at it. But with some contracts already awarded, and the remainder to be awarded by April, will it be too late?