- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The city of Lubbock says the Justice Department has failed to present any facts that help show the city’s police department discriminated against Hispanics and women in hiring entry-level police officers.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1ZrtPqU ) that city officials filed court documents this week asking that the Justice Department’s lawsuit be dismissed.

In its response to the lawsuit, the city of Lubbock says that its “employment actions were based upon legitimate nondiscriminatory reasons.”

Federal officials allege in the lawsuit filed earlier this month that the police department violated the federal Civil Rights Act in the way it administered its written and physical exams.

A higher percentage of Hispanics failed the written exam while a higher percentage of women failed the physical test.

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Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, https://www.lubbockonline.com


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