Pregnant Police Officer Forced to Choose Between Her Baby & Her Badge

pregnantA police officer in Florida was overjoyed when she found out she was pregnant -- but her excitement quickly turned to devastation when she found out that having a baby would ultimately mean she had to give up her badge.

Krystal Nix was a patrol officer for the city of Brooksville, and when she went in to tell her police chief that she was expecting, she figured he'd put her on light duty assignments until she delivered her baby and was finished with her maternity leave. After that, she assumed she'd go right back to being on patrol to carry on the career that she'd worked so hard for.

But instead of congratulating her on her pregnancy and doing whatever he could to accommodate her, the chief told her to talk to human resources instead to see what she should do next.

And much to her dismay, human resources told her that there were no light duty assignments available at the time, so she wound up going ahead and taking maternity leave.

But then she was told that once her leave was up, she had no job to return to, and she had to choose between quitting her job or being fired. (What the heck?)

Not surprisingly, Krystal hired an attorney and is waiting to hear whether or not her civil rights were violated by the police department. And honestly, I just don't see how the final ruling can go any other way than in her favor. Because the last time I checked, getting pregnant isn't exactly grounds for termination.

I mean, it's understandable that her unit wouldn't want her patrolling while she was still expecting, but there's no reason why they couldn't have found something else for her to do up until she delivered. And even though being a police officer can be kind of a dangerous job sometimes, there are plenty of female officers who are also parents. There's no law that says you can't be a cop and a mom at the same time. And just because she chose a career in law enforcement doesn't mean she shouldn't be able to start a family like any other woman.

Pregnancy should be the start of a new adventure in a woman's life, not the end to all of her hard work and achievements.

Do you think Krystal was discriminated against?

 

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David Bezos

Sounds like her boss was just plainly not a smart man. You cannot do what he did in today's world and get away with it. There is too much media coverage plain and simple.

nonmember avatar FL Cop

Believe me, this gal is a terrible officer. I am an officer and been in training classes with her and she is a horrible cop. She is a badge bunny who slept her way up. They fired her because she is dumber than a brick. So, now she turns this around to make her former agency look bad. She has no more business wearing a badge than my 5 week old son. And for the "haters", I am a black female sergeant who has 14 years in law enforcement. I have seen the " badge bunny" type sleep their way around many, many times. This is a classic case of it. She is using the pregnancy as an excuse.

nonmember avatar Josabeth Mejia

Yes she should be able to have a career and be a mother. She should have thought about how getting pregnant would affect that career. I do not think it's unfair, if there are no other positions what is the police department supposed to do? Create one? Sure, then we would be complaining about how some woman gets special treatment! Sounds like there is more to this story.

Stephanie Nix

FL Cop,

I dont know who you THINK you are or who you THINK you're talking about but please use all of your intelligence to eplain to me how she slept her way anywhere?? She was a road patrol officer! Doesn't sound like she's at the top to me! I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that you don't know her personally so I don't think that it's fair for you to say that she's dumb as a brick...she has been to school for things above and beyond what is required to do her job! Not that I should explain anything to you! She got fired for getting pregnant yet you say you have a five week old son and you still have a job so maybe you're the one sleeeping your way to the top!!!

nonmember avatar Candie Sullivan

FL Cop, first off you stated your black well we all know why you still have your job. And second Officer Nix did NOT sleep her way to the top she went above and beyond to educate herself to be a top officer. She was harassed by fellow officers occasionally and if she would of been a male officer on the fatboy program who hurt his back pounding down a few donuts he would of been deemed a good candidate for a desk job. After the Police department heard she hired an attorney they offered her a job viewing red light camera violations. But the damage was already done. So FL Cop before you start spreading lies learn the facts cause like Stephanie said I guarantee you have never met her. Cause people like you who spread these kind of lies as the one's who actually live them..



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