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Police say they are 'firmly against workplace discrimination’, after ex-officer claims appraisal dropped due to pregnancy

Police say they are 'firmly against workplace discrimination’, after ex-officer claims appraisal dropped due to pregnancy

SINGAPORE — The police on Wednesday (June 8) stressed that they take a firm stance against workplace discrimination practices and do not penalise pregnant officers, after an ex-officer and mother of four young children alleged that she was told her performance grade dropped because of her pregnancy.

"The Singapore Police Force (SPF) builds fair and progressive workplaces for our employees. Many of our female officers excel in their career, balancing work and family responsibilities," the police said.

"The SPF does not penalise officers who are pregnant and instead, provides alternative work arrangements to ensure their well-being."

This was in response to a Facebook post on Tuesday by Ms Reema Razif, who said that she was in service for 11 years and have “no regrets” in her chosen career where she gave her “100 per cent”.

“Unfortunately, it was and never will be enough. Being told that my performance grade dropped ‘cos you were pregnant what’ and being advised to ‘take up some projects during your maternity leave’ was not something I could resonate with,” Ms Reema wrote.

The police however said that she was not asked to work while she was on paid maternity leave and that during her four pregnancies between 2016 and 2021, she was given light duty assignments that were primarily desk-bound.
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