I'm a police officer for a hospital/university. In our union contract it says that if a police officer works light duty that he/she must take a reduction in pay to that of a security officer. (This is about an $8 an hour pay cut). This is something that HR forced us to put into the contract several years ago to curb sick time abuse as they put it and we've been trying to get it removed ever since to no avail. Though officers weren't abusing sick time. Prior to its implementation We had 1 officer who had surgery, returned light duty for a while to heal, came back to full duty, was kicked in the stomach by a patient injuring the surgery site and so she had to go back on light duty for another 6-8 weeks. Anyway - we're the only department that has this clause. All other departments fall under the institutional light duty which allows a person to be on light duty either within their own department or if necessary in another job such as greeting people or reception at their full pay. This is supposed to encourage people to come back to work sooner. Now if a police officer stays home instead of working light duty, we make full pay which is what I've been doing on the days I'm not feeling well enough to work. I'm running out of sick time however so I had to come back to work light duty. Can someone tell me if this contract clause is a violation of the American Disablities Act? And do I stand a chance fighting this paycut? I appreciate any advice.
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