Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Woman Sues Socorro Over Hiring Policy.(New Mexico)

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

* Job applicant claims fire department refused to consider her because of her gender

The city of Socorro is facing allegations that its Fire Department refuses to hire women.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Deborah Hollis of San Antonio alleges the city refused to hire her, or any other woman, and instead hired less-qualified men. Hollis also alleges Mayor Ravi Bhasker, City Clerk Pat Salome and some city councilors refused to help her.

Her attorneys, Shannon Oliver and Kathryn Hammel, have asked a judge to stop further hirings until the process includes women, to establish court supervision over the department and to order it to hire Hollis while the lawsuit is pending. …

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