Hispanic Houston Police Can Proceed With Bias Suit

Law360 (August 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in Texas has ruled that Hispanic police officers can proceed with discrimination and overtime claims against the city of Houston, in a case alleging the department's “Chicano Squad” worked uncompensated hours because of the demand for Spanish-speaking officers.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas of the Southern District of Texas granted only part of Houston's motion to dismiss the officers' case against the city.

Judge Atlas dismissed a defamation claim, as well as a racial discrimination claim, as it was pre-empted by...
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