The ruling, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, cited Hux's "chronic problems with personal interactions," "numerous instances of unprofessional behavior," and her lack of experience compared to other applicants as support for the city's refusal to promote her.
Hux joined the fire department in 1990 and rose through the ranks at the department.
She became a fire lieutenant in 1999, but her "tenure as fire lieutenant was characterized by continuous friction with her subordinates and fellow officers," according to the ruling.
During one of Hux's interviews for promotion to captain, fire administrators worried that Hux "might not possess the composure required" for high-stress situations after "her voice cracked and tears welled up in her eyes" toward the end of the meeting.
Hux, who could not be reached for comment, has since been promoted to captain. Her attorney, Carolyn P. Carpenter, did not return a call seeking comment. It was unclear whether they planned to appeal again.
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