If you thought discriminating against women could get you in trouble today, try treating them equally.
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is learning this the hard way. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in late July to end the PSP’s practice of requiring that all state-police applicants, be they male or female, pass the same exact physical fitness test to be admitted for cadet training. Now it has been announced that the PSP will challenge the federal lawsuit, with State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan saying that dumbing down the standards “would be insulting to those men and women who already strove to achieve those standards.... We should not be bullied into lowering our standards for any applicants.”
The DOJ’s problem, it appears, with the PSP’s equality of opportunity is that it doesn’t create equality of outcome, as female applicants fail the physical test at higher rates than do their male counterparts. This inspired the Obama administration to launch an investigation of the PSP in 2009 and then file its lawsuit on July 29 of this year. CNSNews.com’s Susan Jones provided more detail at the time, writing:
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