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Obama Administration Suing Pa. State Police Over Physical Fitness Tests
dailycaller.com ^ | july 30, 2014 | chuck ross

Posted on 08/03/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT by lowbridge

Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women.

“Through the use of these physical fitness tests, Defendants have engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in [Pennsylvania State Police's] selection process for entry-level trooper positions in violation of Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964],” reads the DOJ’s lawsuit.

At issue are the state agency’s 2003 and 2009 physical fitness tests that are one of eight criteria used to choose entry-level state troopers.

The 2003 test had five events — a 300-meter run, sit-ups, push-ups, a vertical jump, and a one-and-a-half mile run. To become an entry-level cadet, applicants had to pass each event.

Between 2003 and 2008, 94 percent of male test-takers and 71 percent of female test-takers passed all five events.

After a new test was implemented in 2009, pass rates rose for both groups. Ninety-eight percent of male test-takers and 72 percent of female test-takers passed the exam.

The DOJ claims that these results indicate discrimination.

In cases of discrimination, or disparate impact cases, “the 80 percent rule” is used as a benchmark to determine whether discrimination exists. The Pennsylvania state police’s results fail to pass this threshold, the DOJ argues.

In its lawsuit, the federal agency claims that if female applicants had passed the physical tests at the same rate as male applicants, “119 additional women would have been available for further consideration for the position of entry-level trooper.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: doj; holdee; obama; pennsylvania

1 posted on 08/03/2014 11:26:14 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

I wonder what the state of pennsylvania did to piss off obama.


2 posted on 08/03/2014 11:27:00 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

They’ll get the standards to where Michael Moore will pass.


3 posted on 08/03/2014 11:29:50 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Just what is the real reason to disarm a law abiding citizen like me?)
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To: lowbridge

I remember a truck driver was carjacked in PA and driven into NJ (by Newark airport), where he was killed. The perps, who were caught shortly afterwards, had disarmed a female cop in PA and stolen her car. Upon crashing it, they carjacked the truck when the unsuspecting trucker pulled over to assist what he thought was a cop who had been in an accident.

Nowadays there is enough footage of female cops getting knocked out with one punch to justify real physical standards...


4 posted on 08/03/2014 11:37:07 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: lowbridge

Lower the standards of everything. Now to mention it why do we even have standards? Just hire illegals to work as police officers. Hell they’ll work cheap and they can fire a gun. Sure why not? All those gang tattles and past criminal history; they won’t have any bearing on how they will perform their job or how they conduct themselves. Nah. Not in Obama’s Lalaland.


5 posted on 08/03/2014 11:52:29 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: lowbridge
Discrimination is the mote in Obama and Holder's eyes, alone !!
Political Correctness is tyranny ... with manners !
Discrimination is what defines this administration !
6 posted on 08/04/2014 12:01:59 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: lowbridge

They might want to take a look at this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3188601/posts


7 posted on 08/04/2014 12:03:06 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: lowbridge

This is the physical exam prototype.

http://youtu.be/iEgqZYehpbw


8 posted on 08/04/2014 1:01:07 AM PDT by mindburglar (When Superman and Batman fight, the only winner is crime.)
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To: lowbridge

Obviously, both Obama and Holder are partial to the spirit of affirmative action, where a selection process for a small group established for a specific purpose/responsibility is not made on merit or ability but on some extraneous aspect of gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 2:42:46 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: lowbridge
Discrimination?? Baloney 71% could pass it. It's not like it was 10% and an unreachable goal.

I think that Pa is one of those states that could go Repub. one of these days.

10 posted on 08/04/2014 2:52:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Major cities are an issue.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 3:19:26 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Sacajaweau

I thought PA would go Repub. for the last five elections without any luck. Now I am in SC and no longer worried that voters from Pittsburgh and Philly would cancel my vote. PA is lost, I fear, and a Dem. will be elected as governor this year.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 3:23:18 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: burghguy

I thought PA was lost to the Liberals years ago....what part of PA are you from? I lived there in early 70s but escaped.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 3:31:07 AM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...Time to honor it....be a Patriot.)
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To: lowbridge

Next, the DOJ will sue the NBA for not allowing short people to play. That’s discrimination, y’know.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 3:31:59 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Kackikat

I lived in Moon township, out by the Pittsburgh airport. Good people in PA but they are a blue state now and forever I fear.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 3:35:04 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: burghguy

I like SC, most parts.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 3:37:08 AM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...Time to honor it....be a Patriot.)
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To: lowbridge

“Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related,”

Nowhere in the article does it state HOW or why the various physical requirements are not job related. Running, jumping and being physically fit ARE job related. I note that physical strength is not mentioned as a requirement obviously because it would eliminate 90% of women candidates. Isnt strength important to cops?
In reality this has nothing to do with job related requirements, it is just a way to get more jobs for minorities and women at the expense of actually qualified white men. BTW isnt it interesting that to do that always requires that standards always have to be LOWERED?


17 posted on 08/04/2014 4:07:26 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: lowbridge

Discrimination? So when are they going to sue baseball and football teams for not allowing women to play?


18 posted on 08/04/2014 4:24:54 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: lowbridge
Maybe the PA State Police dont' want this riding around on their interstates...

State Police - as all police - should have standards that make it HARD to get in - and continue to push for PT standards so cops relive stress through workout...

19 posted on 08/04/2014 4:32:23 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon Books: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail - by JH White)
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To: lowbridge

Doctor tests make it to hard for avarage peeple to be doctors.

Doctor tests are not fare.


20 posted on 08/04/2014 4:59:10 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: BCW

Until the 1960s, most cities had height limits for cops also. If you were not at least 5’ 10”, forget it. They wanted big guys only. No tasers in those days, just billy clubs and big cops.


21 posted on 08/04/2014 5:00:35 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Fresh Wind

Only short black people. Check yourself.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 5:09:06 AM PDT by ebshumidors
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To: Travis McGee

On the Korean DMZ in 83, the MP’s had to be 6’ or better. The ROK’s had to be black belts alt least. Nowadays when the stakes are high, send girls so you can scream, “Not fair!” or something.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 5:15:12 AM PDT by ebshumidors
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To: lowbridge
Penn's defense:

BFOQ

Bona Fide Occupational Qualification

24 posted on 08/04/2014 5:24:28 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: lowbridge
The standards?

300 meter run -- 67 seconds
Situps -- 30 reps in one minute
Pushups -- 13 reps
Vertical jump -- 14 inches
1.5 mile run -- 16:54

The graduation standards go up. These are just for entry.

25 posted on 08/04/2014 5:24:43 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: ebshumidors

It always struck me as sadly ironic that women who demand the “right” to be cops and soldiers because they are tough enough to do anything a man does, run shrieking in tears when they feel harassed. How will that serve them if they are captured by ISIS at some point?


26 posted on 08/04/2014 5:25:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: lowbridge

Orwell would be proud. Now being fit is illegal and unfit is more legal, because somehow choosing someone on personal preferences and not qualifications is not racist.

this is the gay orwellian feminist movement of incompetence for you.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 7:22:25 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: BCW

Fat butt boy there couldn’t chase a criminal half a block, nor run for cover if he had to. But then that’s what the firearm is for.


28 posted on 08/04/2014 7:42:59 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: burghguy

I hear ya! Especially when there is 120% voter turn out in Philly & Pitts! Hell, they figure it’s braggin’ rights!


29 posted on 08/04/2014 8:44:36 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: lowbridge

Standards are so yesterday.


30 posted on 08/04/2014 8:47:33 AM PDT by all the best
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To: lowbridge

Must have equal results nowadays not just equal opportunity


31 posted on 08/04/2014 8:56:16 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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