Fire Dept. Strength Test Keeps Women Out, 7th Circ. Told

By Diana Novak Jones (February 25, 2016, 3:26 PM EST) -- A group of women who were blocked from joining the Chicago Fire Department as paramedics based on a test of their physical abilities made their case before the Seventh Circuit Thursday, telling the panel the jury that dismissed their discrimination claims was incorrectly instructed on the law.

During the trial examining whether the city implemented the test with the express purpose of discriminating against women, the jury was instructed that the test could only be discriminatory under the law if the women proved the city would hire a man who did not pass. But the evidence in the case supported an...

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