10 Black Inspectors File Lawsuit Against New York City Buildings Department, Alleging Racism and Discrimination

Eric Taylor, above, who is black and one of the few people in the case who has since left the DOB, joined the department in July 2017.

A city Buildings Department chief allegedly bragged about knowing his local “neo-Nazis” and claimed black people shouldn’t be bosses, according to a shocking discrimination lawsuit filed by 10 black agency inspectors.

Jerry A. Wiggins, 54, of Long Island, allegedly used a hand gesture — rubbing the back of his wrist with two fingers — to symbolize skin color differences; claimed DOB vehicles were “greasy and smelled” after being used by black employees; and slammed their “attitudes, work ethic or productivity,” according to the legal filing.

Wiggins, and DOB Marshal Salvatore Agostino, were cited in the court papers filed by the black DOB inspectors and investigators — who claim rampant racism in the department allowed white and light-skinned coworkers to get unearned promotions or escape discipline, while blacks were “passed over … or pushed out because of their race.”

Eric Taylor, 56, who is black and one of the few people in the case who has since left the DOB, joined the department in July 2017 as an investigator probing illegal conversions of buildings, tenant harassment and construction-site safety.

“I loved it,” he said of the work.

He was eventually transferred to Agostino’s unit, where “we were given a cold shoulder. The environment was very tense. They did not want us there, these non-black inspectors and bosses.

“I never worked around such a racist and discriminating group of individuals,” he added, noting Agostino wanted black subordinates to call him “sir.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Kathianne Boniello