CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A settlement of a discrimination lawsuit that was filed by the U.S. Justice Department against Corpus Christi for its procedures in hiring women for its police department is on hold.
Corpus Christi last year had accepted terms of a federal consent decree. The Justice Department in July sued alleging sex discrimination through the use of a physical ability test that few female applicants passed.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports (http://bit.ly/WUVONf) a federal judge Wednesday put the case on hold to allow the police union to participate in settlement negotiations.
The union plans to file a brief with the Justice Department and report back to the court in 30 days. The union is objecting to a part of the settlement that gives the 18 women in the suit back-dated seniority.