WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Monday that Citigroup Inc.’s Associates National Bank in Wilmington, Del., had agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a fair-lending suit.

The suit, filed in 1999 by the Justice Department’s civil rights division, charged that Associates had discriminated against Hispanic credit card applicants by using stricter underwriting standards to evaluate individuals who applied for a credit cards using a Spanish-language form. The complaint also said that those who were approved after filling out the Spanish form were given less favorable credit terms than comparable customers who filled out the form in English, and were excluded from promotional offers extended to English speakers.

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