Local business is facing accusation of racial discrimination; Equal Employment panel recently filed civil complaint

TEXARKANA, Arkansas — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Texarkana, Arkansas, business for alleged racial discrimination.

The government agency filed a civil complaint Tuesday against Texar Line Clearance in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Texar Line Clearance did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

The complaint alleges that Texar Line Clearance routinely steers Black applicants into lower-paying positions at hire and that Black employees are paid a lower starting wage than non-Black applicants with lesser experience in the same jobs from January 2019 to the present.

Texar Line Clearance’s website identifies the company as engaged in right-of-way maintenance projects in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The company was founded in 2009 by its parent company, Texar Tree and Lumber, according to the company’s website.

According to the complaint, the EEOC engaged in communications with Texar to…

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