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Female Cops Sue Department For "Discrimination" After Failing Physically Fitness Test

November 16, 2015 2 min read

12 female officers have decided to sue the police department after failing their physical fitness test, claiming that the test is discriminatory against women. The officers, all over age 40, failed to meet Colorado Springs Police Department’s physical requirements, which includes doing 52 push-ups and 45 sit-ups in four minutes time and two running exams. The lawsuit is due in federal court next year. In the meantime, the department announced that officers would be exempt from such examinations for the remainder of the year and the women, who were initially placed on desk duty after their failures, have been put back on patrol. “We’ll suspend tests and hopefully in 2016 we’ll get this in front of a federal court and we’ll make a decision,” Police Chief Pete Carey said. Carey believes that applying the same standards to his male and female officers is the only truly fair thing to do and notes that the department did everything it could to help all officers reach the standard level of fitness. “To ensure officer success, CSPD called upon many resources in our community, including local healthcare and sports facilities, to provide personal training sessions and design exercise plans,” Carey says. download (3) This lawsuit is part of a startling trend. Earlier this year, a female was allowed to graduate from the fire fighting academy in New York despite the fact that she had failed the physical portion of her training. [bctt tweet="Female Cops Sue Department For "Discrimination" After Failing Physically Fitness Test"] Shouldn't you have to meet qualifications to be granted a physically demanding job? Women cannot ask to be treated the same as their male counterparts in one breath and then ask that the rules be changed for them in the next. This is not at all to say that women are incapable of doing these jobs. Not in the least. Just this year, the first women in history graduated Army Ranger training without the rules being changed. It is possible. But doesn't it hinder the movement toward equality to ask for special treatment? What do you think? Should physical examinations in jobs where lives are on the line take gender into consideration? Or, do you think the exams should stay as they are and only those who pass, male or female, be granted the position? Source: Red Flag [caption id="attachment_118224" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_118223" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockOfficial @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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