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DMV Inspectors Claim Racial, Age Discrimination In Promotion Test

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File photo of a truck inspection in 2007. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

File photo of a truck inspection in 2007. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Thirteen Department of Motor Vehicles inspectors have filed a lawsuit against the agency, claiming they were discriminated against in part because they are not black.

The inspectors claim the department discriminated against them because of their race because of their ages. With one exception, all of them are older than 40.

The inspectors are George Winter, Howard Jacobs, Amy Jones, James Smollen, Doug Pratt, Bill Cortez, Fred Torres, John Mrozowski, Bonnie Morin, Chris St. Jacques, Tony Santos, Steve Licitra, and Abe Rosario.

They claim that a black worker, Robert Tyson was unfairly given a promotion to become a sergeant after a 2012 exam.

They say Tyson had initially been told that he had too little time on the job to take a sergeant’s exam. He filed a discrimination complaint based on his race and his relatively young age.

The exam date was pushed back, and he was told he was eligible to take the test. He dropped his complaint after the exam.

But the other inspectors who are now suing say delaying the exam was discriminatory to them. They filed their suit in federal court August 7.

An attorney for the thirteen inspectors declined to discuss the case. A spokesman for the DMV had no comment.

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