The City of Austin, Texas settled a discrimination lawsuit against the Fire Department for $850,000. See Austin American Statesman report. The lawsuit had been filed by two white Fire Battalion chiefs who complained that two minority candidates who ranked lower were selected over them for promotion to Assistant Chief. The lawsuit claimed the selections were based on race. The suit claimed that the City Council had asked that the Fire Department achieve greater diversity. That request apparently prompted the Fire Department to reach four ranks down to select the two minority candidates.