Pregnant police officer's request for light duty denied

A pregnant patrolwoman?s request for light duty was denied Tuesday by the Ocean Township police chief.

Police Officer Sonia Henriques is two months pregnant. Both her and her doctor feel full duty will put her unborn baby in danger, which is why she requested desk duty.

Her boss, Police Chief Antonio Amodio, says no meaningful desk job is available right now. He adds that he is bound by town policy and can?t create a spot for Henriques.

Officer Bruce Friend, the PBA president, says the chief?s answer is a double standard for men with disabilities.

Amodio says Henriques will have to use her sick and vacation time if she wants to leave her post. He adds that other employees could also donate their sick time. Henriques also has the option of taking unpaid leave.

Meanwhile, the mayor says Henriques? request is reasonable and will look into what can be done to help.

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