The appeals court (Francis v. City of Meriden, CA 2, No. 1663, 96-9610) did not rule in the employee’s favor. It said that the employer’s guidelines were non-discriminatory.
Setting guidelines related to height, weight, language, and physical ability aren’t necessarily prohibited under all circumstances. However, they must be related to the requirements of the designated position.
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