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US judge tosses discrimination suit against Kaplan

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A federal judge in Ohio has tossed out a lawsuit accusing Kaplan Higher Education Corp. of discriminating against black job applicants.

The federal district court judge in Cleveland ruled in favor of Kaplan on Monday.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit near the end of 2010. The suit accused the for-profit education company of discriminating by screening and rejecting some job seekers based on their credit history.

Kaplan maintained that it has a diverse workforce and does not discriminate.

It says it did background checks on all potential employees and reviewed credit histories of applicants whose duties would include financial matters. Kaplan says that's a standard practice used by many companies.

Kaplan is a unit of Washington Post Co.