Chicago Firefighter Test Had Disparate Impact, Suit Says

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT) -- A woman who tried unsuccessfully to become a Chicago firefighter hit the city with a class action discrimination suit in Illinois on Tuesday, claiming the physical abilities test the city administers to would-be firefighters has a disparate impact on female applicants.

Samantha Vasich's complaint says that only 116, or 2 percent, of the Chicago Fire Department's 5,000-plus members are female. The physical abilities test (PAT) is a major impediment to the appointment of female applicants, who consistently fail the test at a higher rate than males,...
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