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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.