HOUSTON – Two Houston firefighters are suing the city over
what they assert are racially discriminatory promotion practices in the fire
Jesus Fuentes and John Chris Barrientes filed a lawsuit on Dec.
26 in the Harris County 127th District Court, claiming that they lost out on
two deputy chief positions because they are Hispanic.
Recent court documents explain that the plaintiffs, who are
employed as senior captains, were on an eligibility list for promotion for a
district chief position that expired on Sept. 23, 2015. Per the original
petition, Fuentes was ranked 19th with Barrientes a spot behind him.
Eighteen individuals were promoted from the list to which
the suit states that the complainants should have be named deputy chiefs.
The fire department set up its promotion process to favor
non-Hispanic candidates, the plaintiffs contend.
Consequently, Fuentes and Barrientes seek unspecified
They are represented by attorney Joseph Soliz of The Soliz
Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Houston.
Harris County 127th District Court Case No. 2016-87870