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City refuses to allow pregnant police officer to work desk job

Pregnant Police Officer Says City Won't Let Her Work Desk Job

A pregnant Kentucky police officer is fighting back against her bosses because she says they won't allow her to take a desk job - instead either forcing her to patrol the streets while pregnant or to stop working altogether.

WKRC reports Lyndi Trischler was put on light duty, which essentially means a desk job, when she was pregnant with her first child.

She's now seven and a half months pregnant with her second, but this time around she says the the Florence Police Department isn't being as accommodating.

Trischler told the station she started having problems wearing her bulletproof vest.

"It was really constrictive, and I had a really hard time breathing."

Usually only injured employees are eligible to receive modified duty in Florence, Kentucky, but The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city used to make exemptions for pregnant women.

That policy changed in April 2013, instead saying, "Employees with disabilities not incurred on the job must take sick, vacation or unpaid leave if they can't perform their jobs." In this case, it seems, the city considers pregnancy to be a "disability not incurred on the job."

"I was told that if I had timed it better, that I wouldn't be going through this."

Trischler filed a suit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the city violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The act says employers can't discriminate against pregnant women when it comes to any part of the job, including job assignments and leave.

She's also working closely with A Better Balance, a group that advocates better employment policies for working pregnant women.

The group says when employers refuse to accommodate their pregnant workers, those women usually end up quitting their jobs and losing that needed income or continue working despite their doctors' advice to slow down.
Source: A Better Balance

Newsy noticed that Trischler's case is similar to the suit Peggy Young, a former UPS driver, filed against the company.

Young says back in 2007 her doctor told her not to lift anything over 20 pounds while she was pregnant. She claims UPS refused to adjust for her but allowed for workers with job-related injuries to avoid lifting those heavy items.

Bloomberg reported in July the case was being taken all the way to the Supreme Court.

Trischler has also received some sad news about her baby's health in recent months. The Washington Post says Trischler's doctors have discovered her unborn son has a rare skeletal disorder, meaning he won't survive long after birth.

Trischler is currently taking her vacation and sick leave she's built up. Fellow officers have also helped by donating 180 hours of their own paid time off to Trischler so she can get paid for a longer period of time.

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vendelavee August 20 2014 at 8:33 AM

It's not discrimination! Her present condition makes her unable to perform her job. It is NOT related to an on the job injury so she is NOT entitled to be assigned to a desk job. THE SAME AS ALL OTHER EMPLOYEES.

And MEDICAL CONDITION, including pregnancy, is not an on the job injury, so you are not entitled to desk duty.

Just like everyone else that has a non on the job related illness or incompacity, she has to use her sick time or vacation time.

Once gain women are looking for special rights and privileges. The are hyprocrites saying they want equal treatment. They really want more rights than men.

Her conditIon is NOT JOB RELATED! Can't she get that through her thick head!

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veterian74 August 20 2014 at 8:18 AM

Just go on pregnancy leave, problem solved. Problem is, she wants to be paid while pregnant and unable to do the job she was hired for. She should have financially planned better to prepare for it.

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lfunchesc21 August 20 2014 at 8:37 AM

So some one else has to do her job because she decided to get pregnant; then she wants special treatment to boot. Talk about selfish.

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cschleve August 20 2014 at 8:28 AM

she wants to have her cake and eat it to.Why should she get special treatment.It was her choice to get pregnat she should have planned it better and not used up all her leave time.Then there would have been time to take.

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probert537 August 20 2014 at 8:31 AM

Another reason why women dont need to be cops. I am a woman and have long thought that a woman had no business trying to take down men twice her size. They always call in backup. That is the physical difference between women and men. I stand behind the police and town in this decision.

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Gary and Nancy August 20 2014 at 9:17 AM

I hope the police department stands their ground. She needs to do her job or go home. I get so sick and tired of hearing the "but I'm pregnant" excuse. If she wants to play policeman she needs to stay on the field.

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fourprs August 20 2014 at 7:35 AM

Pregnancy is a condition, not a medically recognized illness/disability. It is the same reason employers are not required to provide special accommodations and or pay sick leave for being sunburn, drunk, etc. Case law exist.

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ilenedan2 fourprs August 20 2014 at 10:32 AM

Pregnancy in no way compares to sunburn or getting drunk.

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Mj Featherston fourprs August 20 2014 at 12:41 PM

Actually Pregnancy is covered under FMLA which is coverered under Title 7 of Federal Law.

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bullmesht August 20 2014 at 6:51 AM

metsbubbe sorry but your son is your responsibility, not the general public to support him. As for the young lady who is a cop, if she can't wear the vest then she can't do her job. If she or the baby get hurt then a law suit is sure to follow.

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bbh907 August 20 2014 at 9:14 AM

I get so tired of all the whining and complaining by pregnant women who expects the world to stop revolving just because they're pregnant and want special treatment and consideration!I worked 2 jobs while I was pregnant,40 years ago,and NO ONE gave me any specail treatment! If I couldn't do what I was hired for then I didn't need to be there.Period!

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threefromil bbh907 August 20 2014 at 1:44 PM

Well lucky you. So nice of you to think she should not only lose a child she is forced to carry to full term, but lose her job as well. At least half women suffer a miscarriage in their lifetime, many because of jobs and/or physical activities. I worked a desk job, and when difficult, would have contractions. Plus you are lucky you had no related conditions, like pre-eclampsia , diabetes, etc that require modification of working conditions. My daughter in law is undergoing surgery for a miscarriage at 17 weeks right this minute, and had to take 2 weeks off. imagine losing her job or income as well.

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d1anaw threefromil August 20 2014 at 3:42 PM

You should take all that into consider before deciding to get pregnant. You don't expect everyone else to carry you because you make a choice. And it is a choice. Get over it. We worked hard to have the right to be treated as equals and we don't need that undone because of a few whinny babies who think the world should stop because they CHOSE to have a baby.

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zygi & paris bbh907 August 20 2014 at 4:09 PM

Some people are stronger than others.You just happen to be the stronger. As a woman you should have more compassion as a woman. And, 40 yrs ago things were a lot different than they are now. You had plenty of help. They just didn't call it that.

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Walt August 20 2014 at 7:51 AM

Using your vacation and sick time seems fair. Before you become a police officer you should know the requirements of the job. Working holidays, nights, and the rest of the hard things you give up for the job. To many go into police work for the wrong reasons. That is why we have poor Cops who make bad choices sometimes.

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