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Court rules Chicago Fire Department paramedic test is discriminatory

Sep 20, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

In another in a long line of hiring discrimination rulings against the Chicago Fire Department, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of female paramedics in striking down a physical performance test used by the city to hire paramedics for over a decade.

The decision in the sex discrimination lawsuit, Ernst v. City of Chicago, overturns federal district court verdicts in 2014 and 2015 finding the city’s use of the test did not discriminate against female applicants.

“The physical entrance exam . . . risks cementing unfairness into Chicago’s job-application process,”…

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