- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa’s executive branch is acknowledging that it erroneously disqualified dozens of former employees from jobs at its 42 agencies.

The Department of Administrative Services said Tuesday that a review identified roughly 90 people who should not have been on a list of workers facing employment bans due to previous firings or forced resignations.

The department launched the review after releasing a list of 975 workers who were disqualified from re-employment to The Associated Press last month. Union officials said the list was flawed and included some workers who had been reinstated.

Iowa’s top human resources official told lawmakers last month the state was “fairly diligent” in deciding which workers cannot be rehired.

Attorneys representing former workers have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit contending the state kept an illegal blacklist.

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