Pregnant Officer Denied Chance at Promotion
The NYPD denied a pregnant police officer the right to take the sergeant's exam when the officer's due date was the very same day as the exam.
Why does this matter? Because this was the first time in 2 years the exam had been offered. Because it violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Because the NYPD scheduled makeup exams for officers with other conflicts including officers who experienced a death in the family a week prior to the exam, officers who had military obligations, officers who had physical disabilities, and officers who had religious conflicts.
So what did she do about it? Akema Thompson fought back. When her multiple requests were denied, she got her union involved. The NYPD refused to give her a makeup date but did offer to give her extra time during the test and a cushion to sit on. A cushion. Akema gave birth the day before the exam.
Akema then filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. The matter settled last month and she was awarded $50,000, her legal fees, and a new exam date in January. It is so unfortunate that Akema had to go through such great lengths for what should have been a common sense accommodation. But I am glad she did. The NYPD is now changing its policy.
If you want to read more, click here for a New York Times article on this matter.