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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

This letter released to Muscogee County Sheriff's office employees Wednesday raised concern to many in that department, in particular pregnant women.

The document signed by Sheriff John Darr says that "all employees working within the Muscogee county sheriffs office will be required to report to work at full duty. Any Deputy Sheriff or Correctional Officer reporting to work with a medical issue or documentation that limits their ability to perform their current duty assignment cannot be permitted to work until they have been cleared by a medical professional."

The anonymous email we received was concerning pregnant employees.  It stated that the new policy says that unless an officer can be full duty, then she has to stay at home and exhaust all sick, vacation, and holiday time. After she uses all of her time, then she will not receive a paycheck until she can return full duty.

We took these concerns to Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson who says that the email we received is not consistent with the current policy.

"We have a light duty policy now, if you are injured on the job or if you are pregnant while serving that you be on light duty and maintain your current pay," Tomlinson said.

After speaking with the mayor we received word that an amendment to the policy had been sent out to employees regarding specific instructions for those employees who are or may become pregnant.

That amendment to the policy sent to us says that pregnant employees will be assigned to a transitional duty assignment in the Columbus Consolidated Government.

Mayor Tomlinson says that this new policy is still in the developmental stages.

"I know that the sheriff is meeting with the city attorneys also with the human resources department to make sure that this implementation is fair," Tomlinson said.

We reached out to Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr about this new policy. He is expected make a statement once the policy and procedures have been completed.

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