The city of Corpus Christi is currently facing a gender discrimination lawsuit that was brought against them by the Justice Department.
The lawsuit alleges that the Police Department discriminated against hiring women for the department by making them fulfill a fitness test that very few women have been able to pass. Between the years 2005 and 2009, only one in every five women has been able to pass the test compared to two-thirds of all men.
The assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez said, “This complaint demonstrates that employment practices that unnecessarily exclude qualified candidates on account of sex are unacceptable.” The city has been working with the Justice Department for quite some time in order to settle the alleged sexual discrimination issue.
The complaint states that the number of entry-level females that were hired between 2005 and 2011 was only 12, compared to 113 men during the same period.