CHICAGO - A federal judge has restricted the number of workers who can participate in a 1998 class action that accuses the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago of discriminating against African-American workers.

U.S. District Judge William J. Hibbler ruled last week that only people who work at the bank or had done so since Feb. 26, 1996, can join the case, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. Lawyers for the plaintiffs had requested that the time limit be set at 1964.

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