Our thanks to Sue for this. She writes:
Just one of countless media reports that make me ashamed to be a woman in Britain today.
She was told she would have to make some adjustments – including wearing plain clothes and reducing the number of night shifts to ‘assist with tiredness’.
The officer was happy to do so and made it clear she wished to remain on front-line duties, an employment tribunal heard.
But instead, senior managers forced her into an office role they thought was ‘safe and suitable for a pregnant woman’.
They said there was a ‘business need’ for her to work in the Crime Management Hub (CMH), where desk-bound staff do jobs such as taking statements from victims of crime.
PC Town was later signed off sick with depression, anxiety and migraines – which she said had been brought on by her forced job change.
The tribunal found Devon and Cornwall Police risked injury to her mental health by preventing her from doing the front-line role she loved.
They ruled she was discriminated against due both to her sex and pregnancy.
As always, women’s wishes trump operational efficiency and common sense. Just one of the reasons why, when professions become feminised, they invariably and inevitably become less effective and efficient. Who bears the burden here? The public, in the form of poorer policing – a pregnant policewoman on the front line, what could possibly go wrong? – and taxpayers (men pay 72% of income tax in the UK). Men are always the losers in the provision of female privilege.
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