WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice
announced this week the city of Florence, Kentucky, has agreed to settle
allegations of pregnancy and disability discrimination brought by the
department under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Florence purportedly discriminated against two pregnant
police officers, denying requests for light duty. The Justice Department alleges Florence had previously assigned light duty positions for workers temporarily
unable to perform regular job duties, no matter the reason. Police officers
Lyndi Trischler and Samantha Riley requested light duty in 2014 but
Florence forced them to leave, according to the department.
“No woman should ever have to choose between having a family
and earning a salary,” said principal deputy assistant attorney general Vanita
Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Equally
important, individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations
deserve an opportunity to keep their jobs. The Justice Department will
continue working tirelessly to protect pregnant women against unlawful
discrimination in the workplace.”
The city of Florence will pay $135,000 in compensatory
damages and attorney fees as well as adopt new
policies that allow accommodations for pregnant employees.
“We are working closely with our colleagues at the DOJ’s
Civil Rights Division, and this consent decree is an excellent result of the
partnership between the EEOC and the DOJ,” said director Michelle Eisele of the
EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office. “We look forward to future