Tuesday, June 23, a letter from The United States Justice Department informed Lubbock Police that their hiring process has been deemed a violation of civil rights.

The report directly states that Lubbock Police is guilty of "discrimination against Hispanics on the basis of their national origin and against women on the basis of their sex with respect to probationary police officer hiring."

The US DOJ cited that per the hiring requirements, 81 percent of white males passed both the written and physical examinations, while only 68 percent of Hispanics and 37 percent of females received passing scores.

Officially, Lubbock Police is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the LPD has until August 3, 2015 to reach compliance with the Justice Department before a lawsuit could be filed.

A brief aside: the United States Justice Department did say an employer is "not prohibited from using selection procedures that cause adverse impact if it can demonstrate that the procedures validly predict an applicant's ability to perform on the job."

That said, when it comes to wrongful discrimination, the "city's pass/fail uses of the written examination and physical fitness test meet the necessary standards."

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