Pregnant Officer Denied Chance to Take Sergeant’s Exam Fights Back

Date: 
August 10, 2015

Officer Thompson met with a lawyer at Legal Momentum, a women’s advocacy group, which took her case pro bono. On her behalf, the group filed a pregnancy discrimination charge against the city with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in March 2014.

Last month, the city settled the case, agreeing to pay Officer Thompson $50,000 and allowing her to take a makeup test in January, according to the settlement papers.

In addition, the city promised to change its policy and to include, for the first time, women with pregnancy-related or childbirth-related conditions among those eligible to take makeup exams. City officials also agreed to pay $15,000 to cover Legal Momentum’s legal fees.