In Trinidad and Tobago, Police Commissioner Erla Harewood-Christopher, has been ordered to reopen the screening process for prospective police officers to include those who may have been previously excluded due to their height.
A report from the Trinidad Guardian says High Court Judge Robin Mohammed made the order, as he upheld a lawsuit from a private citizen, Renaldo Marajh.
Marajh was previously excluded from recruitment for failing to meet the minimum height requirement of the T&T Police Service.
In the lawsuit, Marajh’s lawyers, claimed that the requirement that male candidates be a minimum of 167 centimetres or 5 feet 4 inches tall, found in a Police Service Regulation implemented in 2007, was unconstitutional.
They claimed it was discriminatory to prospective candidates of certain racial groups, who are generally shorter in stature than others.
They also claimed it was discriminatory based on gender, as female candidates were required to be a minimum of 1-hundred-and-50 centimetres or 4 feet 9 inches tall.
In his judgment, Justice Mohammed agreed.