- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The city of Eugene has agreed to pay $3,000 to the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations it improperly restricted recruitment for law enforcement positions to U.S. citizens.

The settlement agreement announced Wednesday stems from an investigation that found Eugene asked police officer applicants about their citizenship status. In promotional materials, the city erroneously wrote that state law requires applicants to be citizens.

Oregon law only requires police officers to be citizens within 18 months of hire. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Federal investigators said the discriminatory recruitment occurred from July 2013 to February 2015.

Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said the city immediately corrected the error. Investigators did not identify anyone who was harmed by the practice.


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