CHICAGO -- Six black and Hispanic employees at Moody's Investors Service are planning to file a class action lawsuit within 30 days charging the agency with keeping them from advancing to positions of responsibility, the attorney for the plaintiffs said yesterday.

Leonard N. Flamm, the attorney, said he was preparing the suit on behalf of six current Moody's employees in the public finance, corporate finance, financial information services, and contract services departments. However, he declined to say who the employees are until their names become public with the filing of the suit.

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