Women reach settlement with city over alleged discrimination - KMSP-TV

Women reach settlement with city over alleged discriminatory hiring

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

About 140 women who were previously denied entry into the Chicago Fire Department Academy will have the opportunity to reapply next week after a settlement was reached with the city.

The change in policy stems from a class action lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago by several women who claim they were unfairly discriminated against during the department's vetting process for potential firefighters, according to a release from their attorney.

The women alleged that the "physical abilities test" unjustly failed the majority of female applicants, the release stated.

The city has now agreed to switch to the "Candidate Physical Abilities Test," which is now used by more departments -- including many Chicago suburbs, the release said.

The initial processing for the female applicants will take place Monday at the CFD Academy South.

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