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Pennsylvania State Police sued by US over fitness tests, alleging discrimination against women

The federal government is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given its applicants for state trooper positions, saying the practice illegally discriminates against women.

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 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.

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