The Denver Sheriff department has agreed to settle a case with the federal government over a hiring policy that required citizenship.
The U.S. Department of Justice started investigating the hiring practices earlier this year and found that during a hiring boom in 2015 the department refused to consider applicants for deputy positions who weren’t U.S. citizens.
The department contends it didn’t realize the policy violated U.S. civil rights law. Under the settlement, it agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and contact any job applicants who were unfairly weeded out because of their citizenship status.
If those people decide to re-apply – and are qualified – their applications will get priority treatment in the future.