Lawsuit alleges discrimination by driver’s license agency

ATLANTA (AP) — A new federal lawsuit accuses Georgia’s Department of Driver Services of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver’s license applicants.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Atlanta on behalf of Kenneth Caban Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Georgia.

The lawsuit says the Department of Driver Services failed to issue Caban Gonzalez a driver’s license without giving him a reason and didn’t let him have a hearing. It says the department also failed to return Caban Gonzalez’s valid Puerto Rico driver’s license and the original identity documents he submitted with his application.

The lawsuit says the agency violates the Constitution by treating Puerto Rican applicants differently than other U.S. citizens.

The lawsuit, filed by LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Southern Center for Human Rights, seeks class action status.

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