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Women sue city over ‘discriminatory' test for Fire Department

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A group of 20 women claim they were rejected for jobs as Chicago firefighters and paramedics because the city made them take a test that discriminates against women.

The plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Friday are also part of a class-action lawsuit that successfully argued the city's 1995 entrance exam for firefighters discriminated against African-American applicants. As part of the settlement in that case, the city was ordered to hire at least 111 of the plaintiffs.

The suit filed on behalf of the women claims the city required applicants to take a physical-abilities test that evaluated arm lifting, endurance, hose dragging and high-rise pack carrying.

It alleges women failed the test at "a higher rate than their male counterparts" and the city knew the test had an "adverse impact on women" and was "deliberately indifferent."

A spokesman for the city's Law Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

The women named as plaintiffs took the test in November 2011 and were told the next month they failed.

The suit aks for back pay and benefits for the women, and seeks to prohibit the city from administering the test for future applicants and adopt a new physical-abilities test.

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