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The grievors are civilian firefighters with the Department of National Defence – they grieved the employer’s decision that required them to successfully complete a fitness test within eight minutes – the employer had announced that failure to meet that eight–minute standard could result in disciplinary action or termination of employment – the adjudicator first ruled that the grievances were not premature, and that he had jurisdiction to hear them – he found that the grievors have made a prima facie case of discrimination on the basis of age and sex – he ruled that the employer adopted the eight–minute standard for a purpose rationally connected to the performance of firefighting and in an honest and good faith belief that it was necessary to the fulfillment of operational efficiency – however, the adjudicator concluded that the eight–minute standard is not reasonably necessary to accomplish operational efficiency – as a result, he ordered the employer to cease using the eight-minute standard as a condition of employment for firefighters at the Department of National Defence.Grievances allowed.