Ala. Department of Transportation Lawsuit Goes on 29 Years

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A lawsuit filed against Alabama officials 29 years ago over racial discrimination in the state Department of Transportation is still going on.

A lawyer representing non-black employees has asked a federal judge to resolve several items in the case, including what to do with $14 million in contempt fines paid by the state and held by the court. Lawyers for the black plaintiffs and for non-black intervenors want some of the money to go to their clients. The state says the money should be used for recruiting and training programs.

Reports say State Personnel Department lawyer Alice Ann Byrne says that the suit has cost the state more than $300 million. That includes payments to the original black plaintiffs, non-black workers who intervened, lawyers' fees, fines and other costs.

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