The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have impacted Human Resources Management within law enforcement.  How does the case of Lochner et al. v. Suffolk County represent considerations that Human Resources Management may have to take into account in cases of pregnancy and in other cases of limited availability for “full duty” assignments?  The PDA specifically addresses pregnancy which is, obviously, limited to female officers.  The ADA addresses broader issues such as an officer who is racing a dirt bike on his/her off-duty time and breaks a leg in a crash.  Should that officer be allowed to return to a modified duty status during recovery or should he/she be required to take sick leave, vacation and, if necessary, leave without pay until approved to return to full-duty status?  How, if at all, are these two scenarios different?

As you review the required readings for this week, you will notice there are many arguments for and against the assignments and duties that are available to officers whose physical capabilities may be temporarily impacted by pregnancy or other medical/physical conditions.  Drawing on the readings and additional research, this discussion asks you to evaluate these arguments and formulate a position on the topic of alternative duty assignments for those who have a temporary medical/physical condition that impacts their ability to perform their usual duties.  While you may be inclined toward one position, being able to debate your position involves awareness of the opposing positions. In this debate-style discussion, we may have heated arguments and everyone’s commitment to netiquette and mutual respect is expected. 

Therefore, if you adamantly oppose the position formulated by a peer, remember to support your opposition using the resources you consulted to ensure your opposition represents an informed opinion.
Using the required readings for this week and two additional scholarly resources from the Ashford University Library or other professional resources, examine the legal and ethical issues related to the temporary reassignment of officers who are not physically able to perform their usual duties. 

 Provide at least one argument in support of each side of the controversy. After considering both sides of the issue, clearly state your position and rationale. Consider the following issues as you formulate your position:

Is it ethical to allow an officer who is temporarily unable to fulfill all duties to continue to work in a modified capacity?
Should restrictions on “light duty” or alternative assignments be eliminated entirely or strictly regulated?
How does the availability of “light duty” assignments impact employees? 
How does the lack of availability, or severe restriction, of “light duty” assignments impact employees?
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