Four African American employees of the state Department of Children and Families are suing the state agency, saying it discriminates against minority workers.
The workers allege that African American employees have been the target of racially motivated disciplinary actions and are promoted at a lesser rate. The lawsuit also says the workers' concerns have been ignored by supervisors and they have faced other forms of harassment.
One of the plaintiffs said Monday the lawsuit was filed in an effort "to be free of America's endemic racism."
DCF officials said on Monday they are reviewing the lawsuit.