A city employee filed assault charges Thursday against the president of a group that advocates for minority-owned companies seeking government contracts, according to Baltimore District Court records.
Jeffrey D. Mullaney, a buyer with the city's Bureau of Purchases, accused Wayne R. Frazier Sr. of punching him in City Hall on Wednesday, according to court documents.
Mullaney alleges that a scuffle occurred after the Board of Estimates decided to re-bid a lighting contract -- worth nearly $1 million -- on which a minority-owned company was low bidder.
Frazier, president of Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors Association, accompanied B&B; Lighting Supply officials to the meeting and protested the board's decision.
The board rejected all bids received for the contract because it was written without a requirement for performance and product guarantees.
As they left the room, Mullaney claims, Frazier punched him in the back, near the left kidney. Frazier denies the charge.