Woman who attempted to become Pittsburgh police officer sues over dismissal after injury

Share with others:

Print Email Read Later

A Monroeville woman who attempted to become a Pittsburgh police officer sued the city today, claiming that she suffered a back injury as a result of mandated sit-ups, and was then dismissed.

Jennifer R. Taylor, 33, joined the Bureau of Police as a recruit in August 2012, according to the complaint filed by attorney Samuel Cordes. She hurt her back and neck performing sit-ups "in a specific position required" by the academy instructor, developing a herniated disc, according to the complaint.

She sought a light duty assignment, but was dismissed for what police leadership called "a pattern of emotional outbursts, reluctance to participate in physical training, and absenteeism," according to the complaint, which disputed those characterizations.

The complaint states Ms. Taylor's dismissal violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the state Human Relations Act.

City solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge could not be reached for immediate comment.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

Join the conversation:

Commenting policy | How to report abuse
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Commenting policy | How to report abuse


Create a free PG account.
Already have an account?