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Gender discrimination briefly halted police officer's career

Many young girls are taught that they can grow up to do any job that they would like to do, regardless of their gender. A Michigan woman claims that was not the case for her after she was passed over for a full-time job at a local sheriff's department. It wasn't just gender discrimination that she says spoiled her chances -- it was size discrimination too.

While the 4-and-a-half-foot-tall woman was working as a deputy part time, she was presented with the opportunity to pursue a road patrol position. This meant a full-time job, but it also required the completion of a program for field-training before she could qualify. At the time, a sheriff overseeing the process admitted that multiple people had expressed doubt about the woman's capabilities.

Apparently, despite weighing 95 pounds, the woman passed all of her necessary courses and became a certified police officer in the state of Michigan. As her training moved on to what is referred to as Stage 3, she was unexpectedly placed on a plan for performance improvement and was unable to move forward from that point. Eventually, her field training was cancelled, and she lost her part-time job.

Despite not fitting the mold of a typical police officer, the woman now claims that she excels as a certified Michigan officer in another city. According to a lawsuit that she filed against the county, both size and gender discrimination were responsible for her career being briefly derailed. The suit originally claimed $1.3 million for lost wages, but both parties agreed to a settlement the day before they were set to go to trial. The county asserts their claim to no wrongdoing, and the total amount of the settlement is undisclosed. Others who feel that they have been discrimated against because of their gender may wish to pursue a claim against the responsible party.

Source:, 'Short-statured' former female deputy settles discrimination lawsuit with Saginaw County, Andy Hoag, Feb. 19, 2014

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