After paying $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit in January with a dozen female Colorado Springs Police Department officers over a physical abilities test (PAT) that a judge said was unfairly biased against women, the city is looking for a new testing program. Proposals were due July 23.
Female officers sued after the test was adopted in 2014. The city spent well over $650,000 on the PAT itself, attorney fees and worker's compensation for officers injured because of the PAT.
The bid request says the city wants a contractor with experience in "defending the validity of examinations before commissions, boards, and courts; and/or litigation experience involving same." It also specifies tests must comply with professional and legal standards, including "the most current case law on disparate impact on a protected class of individuals."