Discrimination suit filed against Conn. agency

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Four African American employees of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families are suing the state agency, saying it discriminates against minority workers.

HARTFORD, Conn (AP) — Four African American employees of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families are suing the state agency, saying it discriminates against minority workers. A DCF spokesman said in a statement Monday that the agency is proud of its diversity and takes any allegation of discrimination seriously. The workers allege that African American employees have been the target of racially motivated disciplinary actions and are promoted at a lesser rate. The lawsuit also says the workers’ concerns have been ignored by supervisors and they have faced other forms of harassment. One of the plaintiffs said Monday the lawsuit was filed in an effort "to be free of America’s endemic racism." The employees who filed the lawsuit all work for the agency’s Connecticut Juvenile Training School, a children’s detention center in Middletown. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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