FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Judge Rules CO Agency's Fitness Test Discriminates Against Female Officers

July 13, 2017  | 

A fitness test given to Colorado Springs, CO, police officers discriminated against women and violated civil rights laws, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a two-year lawsuit.

The test "shamed and ostracized" the 12 plaintiffs - many of them decorated officers with decades of service - while providing "meaningless" results, ruled U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch.

Performing poorly on the mandatory test left officers at risk of losing their jobs, despite the benchmark scores being "arbitrary" and the evaluation having little to do with the officers' everyday work, Matsch said. Significantly more women than men failed it.

"To retroactively impose that requirement on women who have invested their lives as career police officers is fundamentally unfair," Matsch wrote.

The ruling that Colorado Springs violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 leaves the city on the hook for a possible payout to the plaintiffs for wage loss and emotional distress. A hearing on damages is expected to be set in the coming week.

A California civil rights advocate said it also sends a message to municipalities across the nation to avoid such fitness tests for potential hires and veteran employees.

The issue dates to 2009, when former Chief Richard Myers mandated all officers undergo fitness tests, and the department hired Human Performance Systems of Beltsville, Md., to create the evaluations. They included one-minute sit-up and push-up tests, as well as two running tests, one of which focused on agility.

Forty percent of women failed the test, compared with 9 percent of men. Women police recruits tested that year fared slightly worse, while men did slightly better.

All 12 plaintiffs failed on the first try, The Gazette reports.


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

H @ 7/14/2017 8:32 AM

As long as we all feel good about ourselves as criminals are getting away and overpowering the police, I guess it's ok.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: CA Police Captain, City Clerk Found Dead Inside Home After Hourslong Barricade
A police captain and a city clerk were found dead following a standoff that lasted nearly...
Video: Outspoken MS Chief Says He's Being Forced Out By New Mayor
A lot of people loved Tchula, MS, Police Chief Kenneth Hampton's in-your-face way of...
Video: Car Theft Suspect Jumps on Train to Escape Charlotte Police
A car theft suspect jumped on a freight train to evade officers of the...
Cook County, IL, Sheriff's Office Lays Off Recruits and Trainees
More than 110 Cook County, IL, sheriff's office recruits and trainees were laid off this...
Louisiana Deputy Wounded in Last Summer's Baton Rouge Ambush Returning to Duty
East Baton Rouge (LA) sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Bruce Simmons, who was wounded in an attack...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine