FITCHBURG — A subcontractor with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been ordered to remove a Confederate flag from one of its vehicles after a passerby videotaped the flag hanging from the side of an asphalt vehicle as it repaved Route 2 in Fitchburg Sunday night.
According to WCVB, which obtained the video from a viewer who sent it in, the flag was flown from a pole on the right side of the truck.
In a written statement from MassDOT sent to WCVB, the organization said the flag was not flown from a state-owned vehicle, but by a vehicle owned by Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming, Inc. of Bloomfield, CT, a subcontractor hired by MassDOT to help repave Route 2 in the Fitchburg area.
MassDOT said the subcontractor will not be able to “perform further work” until the flag is removed.
“MassDOT prohibits the display of the confederate flag and similar paraphernalia and has informed the contractor that they will not be allowed to perform further work until steps are taken to remove the flag,” the statement said.
There was no mention of whether the subcontractor will be fired.
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