By Chris Stigall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall spoke with Cornell University Legal Professor and Contributor at Legal Insurrection, William Jacobson, about the Department of Justice suing the Pennsylvania State Police over their required physical fitness test for officers, who claim it is biased against women.
Jacobson did not seem to think the test was overly strenuous but said a court will have to decide if it was designed for women to fail.
“These standards, at least according the complaint, have been in effect, at least since 2003. Are the standards reasonable and reasonably related to the job? They’re not very high standards. It’s really not a very strenuous list of things that are part of the physical requirement. It says push ups, vertical jump and one and a half mile run. At least superficially, those would all seem to be reasonably related to what, at least an entry level, somebody who’s older, who knows, but certainly an entry level state trooper should have some level of physical fitness that would be related to the job. Is this essentially a ruse to cause women to fail or is this something reasonably related to the job and it just so happens that you have different results for the test?”
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