Lyndi Trischler of Florence Kentucky became a police officer in 2012. She attained a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and happily moved into her chosen profession – a law enforcement official.
She is pregnant with her second child and this year was told that she could not be transferred to a desk position for the latter half of her pregnancy. She has been forced to continue “walking the beat” and going on foot patrols, garbed in her protective armor with her pistol hanging at her side, putting further pressure on her heavily pregnant frame.
A statement from Trischler says that should she choose to take time off work she will lose her health insurance before she gives birth
I was told that I would need to use all the time that I had saved, vacation and sick time. Once that time was all used up, I would need to go on unpaid leave.
The time I had saved would be about six weeks I think and from the time I needed to come off the road I wouldn’t have made it even close to my delivery so I wouldn’t have health insurance by the time I delivered so that was really scary…
This ridiculous proposition made by the force comes after Trischler had already given birth to one child, her son, on the force last year. During that pregnancy once she reached the later stages the force was understandable and moved her to a position in the office until after she had recovered from giving birth.
Trischler has filed a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) against the department and the city of Florence for violating her civil rights.
Amazingly, the city still finds nothing wrong with the actions they have taken in their new policy
The city has reviewed the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaint filed by officer Trischler. The city does not agree with the allegations of the complaint, but respects the rights of the officer to bring this proceeding before the EEOC. The city will follow the process in that form and present its defence.
How are we still fighting for this in 2014?