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 Senate Education Committee will hear testimony today about whether schools should be allowed hold father-daughter dances.
The hearing comes after controversy in Cranston over a single mother who said her daughter was denied access to a dance. She wrote to the district charging the policy violates anti-discrimination laws. Cranston school officials responded by banning father-daughter dances, prompting community outcry.
A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee. A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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