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Unsuccessful job applicants at Kia plant seek hiring records

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for four unsuccessful applicants for jobs at an auto plant in Georgia argue that documents about a state agency's involvement in hiring workers for the plant should be available to the public.

Four people who applied for jobs at the Kia Motors Manufacturing plant in West Point say they were discriminated against because they had belonged to a union.

They filed a Georgia Open Records Act request seeking documents about the hiring process from the state's Quick Start economic development program. When they got a response saying the records weren't subject to the act, they sued to get the documents.

The state and Kia argue the records constitute "trade secrets." The applicants say the records law was changed to invalidate their lawsuit.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday.

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