DOJ Settles Political-Bias Claims Over Honors Program

Law360, New York (March 17, 2014, 8:33 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to pay $572,000 to settle a Privacy Act suit accusing the Bush-era DOJ of collecting and destroying records about the political leanings of applicants to the agency's Honors Program as part of a biased hiring process, an attorney for the plaintiffs said Monday.

Under the deal, Matthew Faiella and Daniel Herber, whose rejections to the DOJ's Honors Programs were rejected in 2006, will get $50,000 and $2,000, respectively, and the DOJ will pay $520,000 to cover their legal fees...
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