The Ministry of Social Protection is expected to launch a probe into the dismissal of three constables attached to the Georgetown City Constabulary because they became pregnant within the first two years of their employment.
Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Simona Broomes expressed shock this morning that the City Constabulary would even have such a policy in place. She said the Ministry is expected to reach out to the affected women and the City Constabulary.
One of the women who was dismissed told News Source this morning that she is still trying to comprehend the decision. She said she also finds it difficult to understand the reason behind firing her on the same day that she was proceeding on annual leave.
She said the policy is a discriminatory one which flies in the face of the laws of Guyana that are against any type of discrimination in the workplace.
News Source understands that this is not the first time that the City Constabulary has fired constables for becoming pregnant on the job.
The Gender and Equality Commission has in the past investigated and intervened in at least two previous cases.
The City Constabulary policy prohibits the women in its employ from becoming pregnant within the first two years of employment with the body. News Source understands that there may be some agencies that fall under the state’s control that might have the same policy.
One woman from Essequibo who worked as a Special Constable under the Guyana Police Force complained to News Source that she was also dismissed from her job because she became pregnant.