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Capitol restoration contractor "exceeding" diversity efforts

Posted by: Alejandra Matos Updated: January 21, 2014 - 3:07 PM

JE Dunn, the contractor tasked with restoring the Minnesota State Capitol, is no longer failing the State’s minority and female workforce goals, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced Tuesday.

The human rights department gave the contractor a “1” rating, the highest possible designation, after the company made changes to its diversity work plan, such as hiring a new diversity manager and training subcontractors to recruit minorities and women.

Last April, JE Dunn was the only contractor to receiving a failing rating because the department said it was not making good faith efforts to recruit minorities.

At the time, JE Dunn’s project manager Jason McMillen blamed the low diversity rates on the low number of minority and female workers who could do the specialized work required in restoring the 108-year-old landmark.

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