A Downington construction company, B & J Excavating Inc., has agreed to pay a black pipe layer $27,500 to settle a racial-discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In the settlement, the company denies any allegation of racial discrimination.

The pipe layer, William Pennington of Coatesville, had complained that the company laid him off after a snowstorm and then recalled his white counterparts and hired other white laborers, but did not bring him back to work.

Pennington started at the company in July 2005. After attempting to resolve differences, the EEOC filed its suit in August.