A national motherhood group is jumping into the fray over whether a Northern Kentucky city is illegally discriminating against a pregnant police officer by not allowing her to work a light duty assignment, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. MomsRising.org, which claims 1 million members, has collected more than 10,000 petitions urging the city to change its policy, which will be hand-delivered today to the Florence Government Center.
City officials have said very little about the matter because the officer, Lyndi Trischler, has filed a federal discrimination complaint over the policy. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into the matter. At issue is whether Trischler, who is due to give birth to her second child in early October, should be permitted to work a modified duty assignment until she delivers. After receiving a light duty assignment for her first pregnancy last year, she had made the same request for her second pregnancy this year but was denied.