Former employees of the Ellis School in Shadyside are upset. They say the school hired a new cleaning company, and that the new contractor is paying employees much less.

The employees held a protest on Monday after the school terminated seven cleaning crew positions. All of the employees who lost their jobs are African-American.

Alyce Toombs, who lost her job, said, “This is unfair. I understand things happen, but this is totally unfair. And I hope this never happens to anybody else.”

Toombs says she found out she was losing her job via text message.

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