Officer loses discrimination suit against DPS, Texas Rangers

Staff Report

The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Texas Department of Public Safety officer has lost her discrimination lawsuit against the agency and the Texas Rangers.

Juanita Alvarado sued DPS and the Rangers in 2003 after she was passed over for a Ranger position for the fifth time since joining DPS in 1988.

The DPS special crimes sergeant claimed she was repeatedly denied appointment to the Rangers because of her race and gender.

A federal grand jury in El Paso ruled in favor of the agency last week.

In its defense of DPS and the Rangers, the Texas Attorney General's Office said Alvarado was not appointed to the Rangers because she did not score high enough on a series of tests and interviews.

Alvarado was seeking to become the first Mexican-American woman in the Texas Rangers.

Her lawyer says he doesn't know whether Alvarado will appeal.