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Police Work, Pregnancy Collide in Ky. Town

August 21, 2014  | 

A pregnant Kentucky officer's request for desk duty when she was five months pregnant was denied, and she is now suing her agency for discrimination, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.  

When Officer Lyndi Trischler became pregnant with her son early this year, she didn't think it would be an issue. During her first pregnancy, the Florence (Ky.) Police Department let her work a desk job after being on patrol had become physically impossible.

After consulting with her doctor, Trischler asked her supervisors for modified duty.

This time, however, the city of Florence said no.

Trischler and her attorneys have filed a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the city of violating both the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.


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Comments (11)

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Capt. Crunch @ 8/23/2014 1:58 PM

The young lady(police officer) should not be placed in a situation where she has to sue. She should be able to use her vacation time, comp. time and sick leave. If that is not enough time her co-workers should donate some of their comp. time sick leave or vacation time. I am sure the dept. can find some type of light duty for her. If not I hope she wins her case.

Aaron @ 8/23/2014 2:10 PM

Get your checkbook out Florence. You are gonna write a big one for this stupid decision.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/24/2014 2:16 AM

This amounts to forced abortion which is odd for Kentucky since they are an anti-abortion state. I'd say she has a very good case. Desk duty for other types of special circumstances occur without any problems. She will win but it will take time to resolve.

Jack Betz @ 8/24/2014 7:41 PM

If I was Chief, she woundn't have to ask, she'd BE on desk duty for the duration. I don't believe in special privileges, but while the young lady signed up for the hazards of the job, the child did not.

Greg @ 8/25/2014 4:18 AM

Americans with Disability Act...the problem is, she is "suffering" from a voluntary condition and not disabled (but...EEOC considers pregnancy to be a disability, no surprise there since it buys female votes). She chose to get pregnant. She isn't handicapped or disabled. The Florence police force has a memo that says: employees with disabilities not incurred on the job must take sick, vacation or unpaid leave if they can't perform their jobs. She's whining they came out with this memo after her last what, it was in force before she got pregnant again. This officer has been pregnant almost her entire time on the force. Guess who winds up carrying her load?

Capt. Crunch @ 8/26/2014 1:24 AM

@ Greg, there is no need for a pregnant woman that is ready to pop to be on patrol. She might loose the baby. As far as being pregnant, it takes 9 months to have a baby, how can you say she was pregnant almost her entire time on the force. We have a real woman here(police officer) who still wants to work. Give her a light duty job and shut up. Send the hospital bill to Obama.

132&Bush @ 8/26/2014 7:25 PM

I guess the city fathers were hatched. No other way could they be this stupid.

Greg @ 8/27/2014 8:25 AM

How can I say she's been pregnant most of her time on the 2 years of employement, she was pregnant once (9 months) and is 5 mos pregnant again...14 months at a minimum, that's 2/3rds of her total time on the force. The Florence police force policy is sick/annual/LWOP for non-work-related injuries etc....seems simple, what's the problem with this? Her insurance continues as long as she pays the bill and she gets her job back once she's able. Oh, special treatment demanded. A "Real" woman doesn't demand special treatment at work and doesn't expect others to carry her load. It's why they have sick/annual leave...let her husband (oops, I mean boyfriend) support her for this short period, it is his child too!

132&Bush @ 8/27/2014 5:53 PM

Greg you too were hatched and were a bad egg even then. Female officer get pregnant. Have someone explain the facts of life to you. And the don't have to be married. You right wing bigot.

24OTJ @ 10/1/2014 12:32 PM

That is one of the risks you run when hiring female officers and I know how that sounds. I work in a department with far too few females but they hold positions throughout the police department. I support them as officers and hope we hire more women. Greg called it a voluntary condition well then with that mind set should every police officer male or female abstain from sex Id bet he does not or maybe he just doesnt get a chance with those types of attitudes. I hope officer Trischler wins her suit as long as it is just to allow her a job to do and that Greg does not end up with complaints against him for harrassment( just my guess at his mentality) If she is OTJ for 2 years there is a significant investment in her thus far that should not be wasted because of a tight wad administration. If she is a problematic officer take up those problems and dismiss her but make sure they are not made up to suit an end result. and change that stupid light duty policy

Evan @ 10/27/2014 10:32 AM

@Greg. Shame on you. That's why females have such a difficult time because of shovanistic men such as yourself!

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