CFD letting women reapply after legal settlement
The Chicago Fire Department is reopening its doors to a group of women who were denied jobs several years ago.
187 women passed the written test in 2006, but they failed the physical abilities test.
They then filed a federal class-action lawsuit on the grounds that the test failed a majority of women unfairly.
The suit claims the test was not fair to women because it placed too much emphasis on strength rather than firefighting skills.
The city decided to settle the lawsuit, so now 138 women have the option to reapply.
Initial processing is taking place Monday morning at the Chicago Fire Department Academy South in the South Loop.
Candidates will get to take the Candidate Physical Ability Test, which was developed by the International Association of Firefighters.
Those who pass will be given first priority in the next two graduation classes.
The women who are not granted jobs, are ineligible, or no longer want to apply, will share about $2 million in damages.
A representative for the Chicago Fire Department could not be reached for comment.
The settlement still needs to go before the City Council for approval.