Lawsuit Challenges Iowa 'Blacklist'

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A proposed class-action lawsuit brought by former Iowa executive branch employees claims the state's so-called blacklist is illegal.

Three employees allege in a lawsuit filed Monday in Polk County that they were put on the list without their knowledge and disqualified from future state employment when they were terminated.

The lawsuit contends the Department of Administrative Services doesn't have authority to disqualify fired workers from all 42 executive branch agencies. It says the department's practice of not notifying people that they are on the list until they reapply for state jobs is a violation of their due process rights.

The department argues that administrative rules give it the ability to disqualify applicants based on their previous firings.
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