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DOJ Settles With City of Austin Over AFD Hiring Practices

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 04:59 PM CDT

The U.S. Department of Justice says it has settled with the City of Austin over its alleged discrimination against African-American and Hispanic entry-level applicants to the Austin Fire Department.

The complaint alleges that in 2012, the city used a written test that disproportionately eliminated African-Americans and Hispanics from the hiring process.

Under the terms, the city must change its hiring practices and develop a new procedure for hiring.

The city is also ordered to pay $780,000 in back pay to firefighter applicants who were harmed by the hiring process.

Applicants who feel they were harmed will also be eligible for one of 30 priority hiring positions within AFD.

Read the court documents:

http://www.keyetv.com/images/USvAustinConsentDecree.pdf

http://www.keyetv.com/images/USvAustinComplaint.pdf

DOJ Settles With City of Austin Over AFD Hiring Practices


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