CLINTON — A District Court judge has ruled in favor of the city in the case of Clinton firefighter who claimed she was unfairly denied "light duty" when she was pregnant.
The summary judgment was filed in Clinton County District Court and written by Judge Henry Latham.
Karen McQuistion became aware she was pregnant on May 9, 2011, and notified her supervisors at the fire department and requested light duty. That request eventually was denied by the city attorney and city administrator.
In late September, McQuistion stopped working on the recommendation of her doctor and returned to work in March 2012 at the same rank and pay.
In March 2012, she brought the lawsuit against the city, claiming discrimination and a violation of the Iowa Constitution.
In the 13-page ruling, Latham ruled on three different claims in favor the city.
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In one count the judge ruled that McQuistion’s case was not similar to Clinton Police Officers who had been given light duty when pregnant because the police bargaining unit contract calls for light duty in those situations, and the fire department contract did not.
In another count, McQuistion claimed the city violated equal protection clause of the constitution. The judge wrote that the plaintiff could not identify any other city employees, except the two Clinton Police Officers, treated more favorably. The judge noted the difference in union contracts and denied that claim.
Latham cited city policies for denying McQuistion's due process claim and said they do not discriminate against her rights.