Feds rip Dallas-area agency for refusing to certify business as disadvantaged

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The federal government has sternly rebuked a North Texas agency that certifies businesses owned by minorities and women for denying certification to a temporary staffing firm after making numerous unfair demands for information from the company.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s office of civil rights overturned the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency’s decision and strongly criticized it in a letter for not knowing the law and for using a process “more akin to a legal summons followed by adversarial questioning.” It ordered the agency last month to certify Chartwell Staffing Solutions “without delay.”

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