After being under a high level of scrutiny, the Austin Fire Department can continue with its hiring process for cadets. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a test that was administered as a condition for employment with the Texas city were discriminatory. The test was considered a form of workplace discrimination because it could allegedly rule out black and Latino applicants.
Although the process was changed in 2013 to avoid these types of practices, the Justice Department contended that it still was discriminatory. The hiring process was halted until a ruling was made about the test. The city did not believe that it was in violation of the law and the Austin Firefighters Association agreed.