Gary-based Gariup Construction, renovating Block Stadium in East Chicago, has asked a federal judge to scrap city ordinances that require hiring quotas.
The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that the contractor filed a lawsuit the week of Oct. 20. The contractor asserts that the city’s quotas violate the company’s rights to make its own hiring decisions.
East Chicago ordinances require a minimum number of females, minorities and city residents be hired on public works projects.
Block Stadium is a city-owned baseball field used by Calumet College of St. Joseph, the East Chicago Central High School baseball team and the East Chicago Post 369 American Legion summer baseball team.
Gariup was hired in 2018 to build new dugouts, locker rooms and make other improvements to the nearly 80-year-old structure.