Under fire, Chicago Fire Department changes the way it treats pregnant women

  • Source: Chicago Sun-Times
  • Published: 07/10/2018 02:52 PM

Chicago Fire Department paramedic Sarah Spriesch gave birth to twins a few weeks ago. The reception Spriesch gets when she returns to her ambulance duties will be a lot less “humiliating” than it was after her 2014 pregnancy, thanks to the legal crusade she led, with help from from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The Chicago Fire Department has dramatically altered its policy impacting pregnant employees and nursing mothers after the Illinois Department of Human Rights found “substantial evidence” that Spriesch was the victim of discrimination. The settlement was reached, only after the ACLU followed the state investigation with a federal lawsuit that accused the fire department of discriminating against Spriesch before and after the paramedic gave birth.


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