Austin Police Officers Sue for Discrimination After Reassignments

July 25, 2014

Some Austin, Texas, police officers are suing the city for what they say was race and age discrimination in job assignments.

The Austin American-Statesman reports 18 officers filed the lawsuit Wednesday. The officers say they were forced out of the police department’s organized crime division in a reorganization last year. They say they were replaced by younger, white officers.

The 18 officers are all over the age of 40. Most are black or Hispanic.

A police spokeswoman says the department hasn’t seen the lawsuit. She says it wouldn’t be appropriate to respond to the allegations at this time.

Lawyers for the officers say the reassignments have negatively affected their career tracks.

A group of 29 Austin police officers won a $1.5 million judgment in an age discrimination suit in 2011.

Latest Comments

  • July 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    Fair Playing Field says:
    It would be interesting to see a group photo of the reassigned officers next to a group photo of their replacements.
  • July 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    Perplexed says:
    In a place as liberal as Austin it's hard to believe that these plaintiffs have a leg to stand on. They bend over backwards there to be politically correct. We sure need to f... read more
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