Jenny R. Yang, EEOC Chair

Jenny R. Yang, EEOC Chair

DENVER (AP) _ A class-action discrimination lawsuit against the City and County of Denver was set to go to trial Monday.

KCNC-TV reports ( ) that 912 plaintiffs say the city used a discriminatory writing test during the hiring process around 2007 and 2008.

According to the lawsuit, more than 40 percent of Black and Hispanic applicants applying for jobs with Denver failed the test while only 25 percent of White applicants failed.

In 2008 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined discrimination had taken place.

The city argues that passing the test would not have guaranteed employment or promotion for the plaintiffs.

City Attorney Scott Martinez said he could not comment on pending litigation.


Information from: KCNC-TV,


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