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Test-job applicants can sue over bias, appeals court says

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CHICAGO — Civil rights workers who apply for jobs to test whether employers discriminate against minorities in hiring may sue those who show bias, an appeals court has ruled.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower-court decision that threw out such a lawsuit on grounds that two such testers had no standing to sue because they didn't want the job for which they applied.

The appeals court said testers have standing to sue under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the provision that outlaws hiring discrimination based on race.