Lancaster County company denies allegation of racially-motivated firing

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 31, 2017 4:09 PM

(Elizabethtown) -- A Lancaster County insulation company has denied all allegations after a former employee accused them of racial discrimination in a lawsuit earlier this month.

Christopher Shaffer, of Middletown, Dauphin County, filed a complaint against Elizabethtown-based Appalachian Insulation Supply on October 5. The company filed their response 20 days later.

Shaffer alleges he was terminated because he refused an order to fire a black employee for what he alleges was "for no purpose...other than the color of his skin."

The company says that employee didn't pass tests and wasn't qualified for the job.

It says Shaffer's employment was terminated for "entirely legitimate" reasons.

Shaffer is seeking $400,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in back pay, along with punitive damages and attorney fees.

Neither side responded to a request for comment.

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