Police height requirement indirectly discriminated against women


The European Court has held that the minimum height requirement had been found to be indirectly discriminatory against women by the Greek court. The CJEU held that it could not be justified simply on the basis of it being either appropriate or necessary for the objective that it purported to achieve, ensuring that police officers had the necessary physical capability for the job. It noted that specific tests of candidates' physical ability could be used instead of a height limit, and, subject to the findings on justification of the Greek court on the facts of the case, held that the regulation was not justified.


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