Chicago Can't Trim Firefighter Applicants' Bias Suit

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 1:14 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday refused Chicago's bid to nix a class action claim that the city's physical abilities test for firefighter hopefuls discriminated against women, saying the plaintiffs offered enough evidence to allege the test was intended to force out qualified female applicants.

U.S. District Judge John J. Sharp Jr. said the allegations, if true, plausibly state a claim that the city’s physical abilities test, or PAT, impeded female applicants who were otherwise qualified for their position. The plaintiffs offer data showing a statistical...
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Case Information

Case Title

Vasich et al v. City of Chicago

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

442(Civil Rights: Jobs)


Honorable Maria Valdez

Date Filed

July 19, 2011

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