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Pennsylvania State Police Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

The Pennsylvania State police is facing a lawsuit from the US Department of Justice claiming the force discriminated against women during the hiring process.

The lawsuit states that the physical fitness test required by the force prevents women from passing. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Nooner says that's not true.

Nooner says 72 percent of women pass the physical fitness test, compared to 98 percent of men. The lawsuit claims some of the activities tested aren't required to perform the job, but Nooner says Troopers need to be ready for any level of physical activity at any time.

Frank Nooner, Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Police said, "On those occasions, when you do need it, people's lives will be in jeopardy. So you have to do it. So we say, they are job related. We're not training for the routine day. We're training for those exceptional  occurrences when you might be called upon to save someone's life."

Nooner says the force plans on fighting the lawsuit. He also says he's spoken to female troopers since the lawsuit came out who say they're proud to be held to the same physical standards as the men in the force.

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