Architects drop discrimination lawsuit against Denver Public Schools

District and firm reach agreement to collaborate
Posted at 5:10 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 20:27:54-05

DENVER -- A minority-owned architecture firm has dropped its lawsuit against Denver Public Schools, saying the district has agreed to collaborate on improvements to its diversity policies.

The Roybal Corporation filed the lawsuit this summer, alleging the district was not doing enough to award architecture, engineering and construction work on its building projects to businesses owned by women and minorities.

Denver Public Schools denied any systematic discrimination and said it had been taking steps to reach out to diverse businesses and award more work to companies owned by women and minorities.

On Monday, the Roybal Corporation said it would dismiss the lawsuit after reaching an agreement to work together to “continue to improve” the district’s efforts to reach out and award business to diverse companies.

A joint statement provided by Denver Public Schools to Denver7 Investigates Monday reads:

“The Roybals and DPS agreed to the dismissal of the lawsuit against the district without prejudice.  The parties are committed to collaborating to improve the district’s MWBE program.  The Roybals and DPS have achieved this level of trust and collaboration as a result of a series of discussions.  Both parties will work collaboratively to achieve an MWBE [Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise] program that best serves the children and families of the DPS community.”

The Roybal Corporation told Denver7 Investigates it could bring the lawsuit again if the district does not follow through on collaborating to find solutions.


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