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APPEAL FILED: Racial Discrimination Case

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A Des Moines attorney is taking his class action racial discrimination case against the state to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The lawsuit alleges systemic racial bias in the way African Americans are hired and promoted by the state government.

Last month a district court judge threw out the case.

Now attorney Thomas Newkirk is appealing to the state Supreme Court to put the case back on the dockets. Newkirk says the lawsuit isn’t about money it’s about fixing a big problem.

“This case is about changing the conversation so that we as a society can move forward without blame and shame and guilt and lawsuits for millions and millions of dollars,” said Newkirk.

There are 29 named defendants in the suit but it covers more than 6,000 minorities who’ve applied for state jobs in the last nine years.

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