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Did you need to take a similar test when you initially started working for the force?
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Many thanks for your patience. You could indeed try to argue this under the Equality Act by stating that you are disabled due to the hearing issues and that by not allowing you to join because of this they are treating you detrimentally, hence discriminating against you. Saying that, the force are able to defend this if they can show that this is a specific occupational requirement, which is possible. You can however ask why it is that police officers have higher criteria for hearing than PCSOs. There could be a valid reason for this but it is for the employer to justify that. If reasonable explanation exists for that and you are within the criteria to be employed as a PCSO, then on the assumption that you do more or less the same operational duties as a police officer, the should be no difference in the criteria for hearing and if there is then it could be discriminatory. I suggest you try the options you know of that have worked with others first, such as involving your doctor and also trying to challenge this internally with the force. If all attempts fail, your only option then would be to consider the discrimination claim in the employment tribunal, however note that this must be submitted within 3 months of the alleged discriminatory action.
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