A probationary volunteer firefighter is considered an employee protected by federal anti-discrimination laws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

A unanimous three-judge appeals panel found that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the volunteer, Victoria Pietras, was subjected to a physical agility test that was not work-related and had a disparate impact on woman applicants to the Farmingville Fire District.

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