Parks and Wildlife slapped with discrimination lawsuit

This 2013 handout photo provided by attorney Delana Cline shows Brukendra Jackson at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center, in Hamilton County, Texas. Racism and discrimination allegations are troubling the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has spent $100,000 on reports that so far found employees bemoaning “a legacy of intolerance” and is now facing a second federal complaint from a black game warden-in-training. Jackson alleges she was mistreated earlier this year as one of only two black cadets in a complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Delana Cline)
This 2013 handout photo provided by attorney Delana Cline shows Brukendra Jackson at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center, in Hamilton County, Texas. Racism and discrimination allegations are troubling the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has spent $100,000 on reports that so far found employees bemoaning “a legacy of intolerance” and is now facing a second federal complaint from a black game warden-in-training. Jackson alleges she was mistreated earlier this year as one of only two black cadets in a complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Delana Cline)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two former cadets have filed a discrimination lawsuit against Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The suit, filed in Travis County, accuses the department of discriminating against African-Americans. Both cadets say instructors used harsher scrutiny and ridicule against them compared to non-African American cadets.

Following similar federal filings last year by the plaintiffs, this past January the agency went forward with hiring an executive in charge of diversity. It is the first major state agency to make such a move.

This latest lawsuit points out that in the nearly 50 year history of the division, only one percent of game wardens hired have been African-American.

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