City of Montgomery
spokesman Michael Briddell said: "At no point in the process did we look at the ethnicity of the people affected. All we looked at were job functions that could be reduced or eliminated so we could save the money we needed to in the upcoming budget."
Many of the laid-off janitors have already found other positions with similar pay and benefits, including some who will now work for the private janitorial service the city has hired to replace them, the story noted.
Upwards of 100 city employees are losing their jobs as a result of reduced revenue, and the city claims race was never a deciding factor in their decision-making process, the story added.