The acknowledgement by Ratner and the state that the project could take as long as 25 years to complete - instead of the scheduled 10 - means it can't achieve its legal purpose of removing blight, opponents allege.That, actually, is a bit of a nonsequitur. Put aside the question of whether a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was required. Can a project taking 25 years remove blight as intended?
The ESDC rejected the charges, saying in a statement that officials "carefully considered" whether a new environmental study was needed and concluded it was not.
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…