Petition claims Hudson police officer was fired for pregnancy

The Village of Hudson says it has not violated the Illinois Human Rights Act.

HUDSON, Ill. - Community members in Hudson are accusing the village's police department of unfair treatment. A petition circulating on social media claims a Hudson police officer was fired because she is pregnant. But the village says they've done nothing wrong.

The petition on Cause.com was posted Monday and has over 1,300  signatures.

The petition claims officer Kayley Sprout was fired by the Village of Hudson after she became pregnant, causing her to immediately lose her income and insurance. The petition says Sprout was let go because of her inability to perform the duties required by her position. Her supporters say the move is a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

The act states employers must make reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee, unless they can show that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship.

The village argues that's exactly the case here.

In a statement, the village says it can't comment on a specific employee. It goes on to say with a very small police department, only one full time officer and five part-time, having one officer that can't perform their assignments for a prolonged period of time would create that undue burden mentioned in the Human Rights Act.

The Village of Hudson is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. While the Village is unable to comment on the employment of any specific employee due to privacy concerns for that individual, in general, the Village treats each employee request for work accommodations on an individual, case by case basis taking into account such factors as the employee’s work restrictions and length of time those restrictions will be in place, the essential and non-essential job functions of the employee’s position, and the impact of the employee’s restrictions on other employees with the same job duties. The Village of Hudson Police Department is very small with only 1 full-time officer and 5 part-time officers. Due to the small size of the department, not having an officer available for work assignments for a prolonged period of time creates an undue burden on the operations of the department. The Village is not required to create additional employment that it would have not otherwise created in order to accommodate an employee’s work restrictions.

The petition goes on to argue that the department has made accommodations in the past, naming the police chief's lung transplant as an example. It suggests there might be alternative reasons for Sprout's firing, including a potential whistle blower situation.

Sprout's supporters are planning to bring this petition to The Hudson Village Board meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd.

To read the full petition, click here.


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