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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to FBI Fitness Test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear a dispute over whether a physical fitness test for FBI special agents is biased against men.

The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from an Illinois man who failed the test after completing 29 out of 30 untimed pushups.

Jay Bauer said it’s unfair that female trainees have to do only 14 pushups as part of the fitness test that includes situps, a 300-meter sprint and 1.5-mile run.

A federal judge ruled that the test discriminates on the basis of sex. But a federal appeals court sided with the FBI, saying it used “gender-normed” standards that require the same level of fitness for all trainees.

 

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