Chicago Women Get New Chance at Fighting Fires

Female applicants' 2006 lawsuit claimed Chicago Fire Department's fitness exam was discriminatory.
1:27 | 05/07/13

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Some Chicago women waiting years for this day I've been activated -- -- -- if I get my letters that many. Really really exciting and I'm slammed into the fabric sanity today about seventy women who passed a screening test to become firefighters and 2006. Are moving forward -- applications. They are part of a class action lawsuit against -- city of Chicago for discriminating against the women on their physical fitness test. As part of a -- -- settlement. The women begin orientation now to be able to do this it it's not -- It's it's joy that they've come to the realization that we can't do that everyone is very happy to be here everyone is looking forward to training together and -- the seat had. And -- a wonderful firefighters one applicant we met left early. Geneva -- is among more than forty members of the class action who do not meet its requirement. I feel like I'm being doubly discriminating against. Sell you know something should be done the city shouldn't be able to do this we couldn't get everything -- want him -- address them. We could get everything -- which -- would have been surprised that we we certainly attract. The fire department hopes to begin its next training class in October. If the women from the class action pass their drug background and fitness test. They could be in this new class hoping to become Chicago firefighters. In the south loop Leah hope ABC 7 NEWS.

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