Two “racist incidents” prompted a shutdown to work on Cincinnati’s soccer stadium, Turner Construction officials said Monday.
David Spaulding, Turner Construction vice president and general manager, said work will only continue once “every single person on the site” has participated in anti-bias training.
“This past week, we had two racist incidents from subcontractors on the work site,” Spaulding said in a statement. “Turner has zero tolerance for racism and hate. We removed the people responsible for these actions from the site and they will not be allowed back.”
The statement said work was suspended “to send a message” about the seriousness of this issue and to provide time for the training.
“Work will resume when training is complete,” Spaulding said. “We will continue to collaborate with our client, trade partners, and unions to make clear to every person on site how important it is to have a work environment free of racism and hate and where all people feel welcomed and treated with respect.”