US sues Pennsylvania over police fitness tests

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given to its applicant for state trooper positions. It says the tests discriminate against women and keeps them out of entry-level positions.

The Justice Department's lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Harrisburg.

It says the use of the tests to screen and select the applicants for the entry-level positions amounts to a pattern of employment discrimination

A state police spokeswoman says the agency has not seen the 10-page lawsuit and cannot comment on it.

The lawsuit says much greater percentages of male applicants than female applicants passed the physical fitness tests going back to 2003.

The Pennsylvania State Police has 4,677 sworn members.

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