Kaplan Higher Education, a division of the Washington Post Co., was sued in federal court in Cleveland by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Philadelphia office over claims that the company rejected job applicants based on credit history, a decision that discriminated by race.

The suit seeks lost wages and benefits, and offers of employment for people who weren't hired.

Kaplan, based in Chicago, enrolls 110,000 students, with about 70,000 attending class online, and has 75 campuses nationwide. It derived 87 percent of its revenue from federal student aid in 2009.

Michele Pore, a Kaplan spokeswoman, did not return a phone call seeking comment.       - Bloomberg News