CHICAGO (CBS) — Two former Chicago Police candidates have filed separate lawsuits against the department for alleged discrimination and unfair dismissal of their applications.

Robert Zieman, the son of a cop, and Carmita Harris, whose married to a cop say in their separate lawsuits the department botched the hiring process and made a conscious effort to dismiss them – without good reason.

After taking the police exam, Harris received an email that said she qualified to enter a lottery for the police academy, pending futher testing, including a drug screening and a psych exam. On the day she reported for academy training a commander told her she’d been accepted by mistake.

Zieman took the police exam and says he was *told* his scores qualified him for the lottery, but never received an official email about the additional tests. He was not allowed to rescheduled the tests and was disqualified from consideration

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