Former TX Fire Cadet Files Discrimination Suit Against City

Nov. 03–A former Austin fire cadet has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Austin arguing that the Austin Fire Department’s academy evaluated him unfairly because of his race and set up obstacles to make him quit.

Former cadet Damon Easter, who is black, was terminated in November 2016. The lawsuit claims that the Fire Department “steadfastly put up road blocks in an attempt to make his academy experience so difficult that he would quit.”

City officials said the reason was “a pattern of poor performance,” the lawsuit says. Interim Fire Chief Tom Dodds said he is aware of the lawsuit but the Fire Department does not discuss ongoing litigation.

Easter had joined the Austin Fire Department as part of a 2014 consent decree between the Austin Fire…

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