AFD Hiring: Smoke or Fire?
Add the EEOC to the parties weighing in on firefighter hiring

By Jordan Smith, Austin Chronicle

The unfolding story of allegedly discriminatory hiring practices within the Austin Fire Depart­ment – already the subject of a possible consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice – took another turn Feb. 20, as the Austin Firefighters Association announced that it had been informed by the federal Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Com­mis­sion that the union is now being accused of playing a role in hiring discrimination.

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