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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with a Connecticut staffing company over allegations that it posted discriminatory advertisements limiting jobs to American citizens.

The government says Wilton-based Onward Healthcare agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penalties and change internal policies and manuals to reflect laws protecting non-citizens who are legally authorized to work.

Authorities say the health care staffing company limited applications to U.S. citizens over the course of a year even though lawful permanent residents and others should have been allowed to apply. The Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of citizenship.

The agreement was announced Wednesday in Washington.

An Onward Healthcare official did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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