A court order could change how female corrections officers are assigned on duty.
The order stems from a lawsuit by Sarah Coogle, an officer at California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi. Coogle says she lost her baby last year after falling, while responding to a fight.
She says she has asked for lighter duties at work but was denied. The lawsuit calls for superior court to remove a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation policy that allowed officials to deny her request.
This morning, a judge said CDCR cannot demote Coogle or reduce her pay due to pregnancy — until the case is settled.
While the order is specific to Coogle, her attorney says it lays the foundation for other women to fight this policy.
A trial is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2019.