Feds Sue PA Over PSP Fitness Tests

HARRISBURG (AP) – The Justice Department is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, saying the practice illegally discriminates against women. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Harrisburg, says the use of the tests to screen and select the applicants for the entry-level positions amounts to a pattern of employment discrimination. The lawsuit says much greater percentages of male applicants than female applicants passed the physical fitness tests going back to 2003. A state police spokeswoman says the agency has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment on it. The Pennsylvania State Police has 4,677 sworn members.

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