New York Daily News

Updated: July 31, 2015, 9:13 AM

  

 

NYC changes sergeant’s exam policy after pregnant cop misses exam while giving birth — and wasn’t allowed to reschedule 

BY ALIZA CHASAN

City bureaucrats refused to let a pregnant cop reschedule her sergeant’s exam — even though the test was on her due date.

Now, thanks to a legal challenge by the determined officer, the city has changed its policy.

Officer Akema Thompson, 34, discovered she was pregnant after January 2013, when she signed up to take the exam on Oct. 19.

Thompson repeatedly reached out to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services asking if she could take the test another day, but the agency shot her down, according to court papers.

While the agency allows rescheduling for funerals, court appearances and other exceptions, it had no such policy for pregnancies. Thompson went into labor Oct. 16, and wasn’t released from the hospital until Oct. 20 — the day after the promotion exam.

With the help of her union and lawyers from Legal Momentum, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That led to a settlement with the city changing its policy — and Thompson taking the test in January.