Pregnant Cop Forced to Go on Unpaid Leave—Is It Discrimination?

Kentucky police officer Lyndi Trischler worked all the way through her first pregnancy—but when her bump got too big for managing her gun belt and wearing her bulletproof vest, she went off patrol duty and onto desk work until her baby arrived.

But for baby #2, she wasn’t given the same option when her bump became too big to manage. That’s because the city of Florence issued a change in policy that wouldn’t allow for job modifications unless the police officer was injured in the line of duty. And so at 23 weeks pregnant, Lyndi had to give up working and go on unpaid leave—and now may need to move back in with her parents in order for her and her older daughter to live until she’s able to go back to work.

Lyndi has filed a complaint against the city, as Today.com reports, “alleging discrimination that violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act,” and is hoping to force a change in policy—and get back to work. As she told Today, “I worked very hard to get to this point. This is the career I’ve really wanted. I just want to get back to work.”

Not every line of work would allow for pregnancy accommodations—you may not be able to compete in a marathon, and maybe wouldn’t be able to perform in a ballet, for instance. But if desk duty is a possibility, why not make that accommodation? Hopefully, Lyndi’s police department can get her back in uniform as soon as possible.

Tell us: Did your workplace make it difficult for you to continue working as your pregnancy progressed? How did you manage it?

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Image: Courtesy of the Trischler Family

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