Pregnant officer wants light duty, chief says no

May 7, 2008 4:10:43 PM PDT
A heated debate continues in a New Jersey town over a pregnant police officer who is requesting light duty. Officer Sonia Henriques is two months pregnant with her first child. She'd like a less stressful desk job while pregnant, but her chief is saying no.

Henriques' union calls his refusal a double standard because male officers with disabilities have been accommodated in the past.

"Is it fair? I don't know. A lot of different concerns with the mortgages the way they are, the economy the way it is. I do want to stay at work. I love my job. There hasn't been a day in the last six years that I haven't been excited to come to work," said Henriques.

The Ocean Township mayor is getting involved. He says Henriques' request is reasonable and he will look into what can be done to help.