Pregnant Police Officer Files Lawsuit Against City
A pregnant police officer has filed a discrimination complaint against the city of Florence, Kentucky, after she was told she would have to take unpaid time off when she asked to be placed on "light duty."
CBS News reports Trischler, who's been patrolling the streets of Florence for the last 2.5 years, is 7.5 months pregnant. When she was 5 months pregnant, Trischler said those 10 hour shifts became too physically demanding. "As I got larger, my stomach got larger, it was really painful on my abdomen," she said "We have to wear bullet proof vests. It was really restrictive and I had a really hard time breathing."
The city informed her that the modified assignments policy had changed since the last time she was pregnant with her first child.
The city issued a memo saying it "will no longer allow modified or light duty for non-work related injuries, illness or other conditions." The new policy means she would either need to stay on patrol or exhaust all her sick days and vacation days, before going on disability.
She argues the policy discriminates against pregnant women and has filed a federal complaint. "It's already stressful being pregnant and on top of that I am worrying about insurance and how I am going to pay my bills," she said.