The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state and the state corrections department, claiming employment discrimination. The Justice Department claims employment practices for hiring entry-level corrections officers violate the Civil Rights Act.
The lawsuit challenges the hiring practice at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections requiring applicants to take a written and video exam. The Justice Department claims that those exams do not help identify qualified candidates, but instead disproportionately screen out black and Hispanic candidates.
The Justice Department wants the state to stop using the exams, develop a better hiring procedure, and provide financial relief to anyone who has been harmed by the exams.
The attorney general’s office released a statement saying it does not agree with the DOJ’s interpretation of the data its complaint is based on.
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