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Weighty matters: Court rules against

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers who fail to meet the agency’s weight standards cannot argue that they are protected from disciplinary action under the Americans With Disabilities Act, a Federal appeals court ruled last month.

The decision on Jan. 13 by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a Federal district court that previously had ruled in favor of the patrol and dismissed the troopers’ lawsuit.

The case stemmed from a suit filed by 76 troopers who challenged a fitness program instituted by the patrol in 1992, which spelled out weight and appearance standards  and disciplinary action against troopers who failed to measure up.

 

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Feb 14, 1997. 
© 1997, LEN Inc.  [ Subscribe.]