Judge: State, plaintiffs should try to settle license suit

Judge: State, plaintiffs should try to settle license suit


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge says she's inclined to order a settlement conference for both sides of a lawsuit claiming Hawaii discriminates against those with limited English skills.

A lawsuit filed in 2013 by Faith Action for Community Equity was based on Hawaii's English-only policy for obtaining driver's licenses. The organization argues that not allowing licensing tests in languages other than English is discriminatory.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said Tuesday she'll likely order the state and the plaintiffs to find another way besides a jury trial to resolve their differences, partly because the state last year began offering tests in various languages.

It's a case that has the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, which is concerned that the state took more than five years to offer translated exams.

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