FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A national group delivered a petition to the mayor of Florence on Tuesday, calling on the city to modify rules they claim discriminate against pregnant workers.
Under Florence policy, being pregnant does not make a person eligible for modified, lighter duty. Only employees injured on-the-job are granted modified duties.
The 10,000 signature petition comes on the heels of claims by Florence Police Officer Lyndi Trischler, who said she was forced to take unpaid leave while seven-months pregnant when the city denied her request for modified duties.
Work as a patrol officer was not an option for seven-month pregnant Trischler, who said she experienced added stress upon learning her unborn son suffers from a rare bone disorder.
Trischler told FOX19 NOW that she requested desk-duty after suffering from heart palpitations and shortness breath during the end of her pregnancy, but was denied.
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"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," said Trischler.
The petition was delivered to the Mayor's office by women's advocacy group Moms Rising, who has also filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
"No mother should ever have to be in the position where she is forced to choose between her job and her health or the health of her baby," the Moms Rising petition states.
"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 of Florence said in an August statement regarding Trischler's complaint.