Justice Department questions Seattle racial justice training

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle officials say the city broke no laws while conducting racial justice training sessions for municipal employees. The Seattle Times reports city officials perceived questions from the U.S. Department of Justice about potential civil rights violations as an attempt by the Trump administration to defend the status quo. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the administration seeks to sue the city over training aimed at combating racism and advancing equity. A letter from the DOJ’s Employment Litigation Section says Seattle’s training may violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s article prohibiting employment discrimination based on race.