FLINT, MICH. (CN) – A 20-year veteran building inspector says Genesee County harassed, suspended and constructively fired him because he refused to shut down a black-owned business on a pretext. Michael O’Leary says his boss told him, “Shut them down, go into that business and find some reason to shut them down. We don’t want gang bangers and north end problems coming into our Township.”
O’Leary claims his boss, defendant Supervisor Douglas Carlton, gave him those racist instructions. He claims that when he and the fire chief could not find any code violations in the black-owned business, the Beach House, and allowed it to stay open, Carlton told him, “You did a real poor job on that assignment,” and proceeded to harass, suspend and constructively fire him.
O’Leary says he “considered keeping businesses in Flint Township open for business to be part of his job duties.”
He demands more than $75,000 in damages. He is represented by Tom Pabst.