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State Employee Sues Over Discrimination

Nov 3, 2004 | AP

Ana Ayala has filed a lawsuit against her employer, the Utah Department of Workforce Services, for unlawful discrimination and employment practices.

She's an employment counselor in Ogden, and helps fill open positions for jobs like maids, assembly line workers and warehouse workers.

She says some of the job descriptions require workers to speak, read/or write English, and is intended to exclude Latinos.

Ayala says the English language requirement has forced her to violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

The lawsuit claims the department allows prospective employers to include the English requirement on job forms even when it's not needed to perform the work.

Department spokesman Curt Stewart says the agency does NOT comment on pending lawsuits, but has taken ambitious steps in helping Latino clients.

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