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Implants not a valid reason to keep woman off police force, says German court

Soldiers of the Bundeswehr Military Police (Feldjaeger) present their riot control gear during the annual military exercises held for the media at the Bergen military training grounds on Oct. 2 near Munster, Germany.
Soldiers of the Bundeswehr Military Police (Feldjaeger) present their riot control gear during the annual military exercises held for the media at the Bergen military training grounds on Oct. 2 near Munster, Germany.
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A Berlin woman’s breast implants will no longer be the reason she won’t be allowed to serve on the city’s police force, as a German court has ruled they are not a valid reason for keeping her off the job, according to a report today from the Associated Press.

The woman had been rejected from the police force after applying in 2012 because authorities believes that her breast implants could cause a health risk –– such as fibrosis –– when using protective vests or riot gear.

However, the German administrative court overturned the decision after doctors testified that the implants posed no more of a health threat compared to women without breast augmentations.

A Orlando, Fla., woman recently went through a similar situation last June, claiming that she was fired from her job as a local police officer because she couldn’t wear a bulletproof vest due to her breast implants.

WFTV-TV in Orlando reported that Master Sgt. Rhonda Huckelbery, a breast cancer survivor, said she had been allowed to work for nearly two decades without the vest on doctor’s orders until she was fired.

A statement made to the news station from the Orlando Police Department said that the police chief Paul Rooney mandated all first responders to wear protective vests in June 2011.

“There have been over 3000 documented cases where officers' lives have been saved by wearing their vests. Chief Rooney ensures that he and his staff always work with all the men and women of OPD to ensure that they can continue working and do the job that they took a sworn oath to do,” the statement said. “One of his top priorities is the safety and well-being of the officers.”