JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A building service contractor (BSC) claims the state of Missouri wrongfully put him out of business following a March 2007 immigration raid, according to Forbes.
Kwabena Asamoah-Boadu, owner of Sam''s Janitorial Services, filed a lawsuit in fall 2007, claiming then-Governor Matt Blunt abused his power by directing state agencies to cancel any contract with companies found to employ illegal immigrants, a category Sam''s Janitorial Services fell under, the story stated.
According to the story, the state of Missouri canceled nine contracts with Sam''s Janitorial Services after state and federal authorities detained about two dozen of the company''s illegal immigrant employees.
Asamoah-Boadu said: "What I am asking the court to do is restore my contracts, one; two, pay me for all the income I have lost; three, take off the debarments. That''s all I ask."
During a trial that started Monday, Asamoah-Boadu said he checked his employees'' documents and denied knowingly hiring any illegal immigrants, the story noted.
Before being banned from applying for new state contracts, Asamoah-Boadu, who wants to clean buildings again, employed upwards of 80 individuals, the story added.
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