NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island has asked a judge to limit the scope of a lawsuit brought by federal authorities who say the Department of Corrections has been discriminating against black and Hispanic applicants to correctional officer jobs since 2000.

The U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit says the state's written and video exams disproportionately screened out African American and Hispanic applicants.

The state on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge William Smith to narrow down the period for which it can be held liable. The state's hiring process has been on hold since November, when it received word it violated the law.

The federal government indicated that if it succeeds, it would seek back pay for the past seven years and priority hiring for Hispanic and black applicants who failed the exam but are qualified.


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