A lawsuit filed against the Detroit Police Department on behalf of six female police officers who accused the department of discrimination based on sex and pregnancy status has been settled, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan said yesterday.

Under the settlement, no employee or applicant will be asked if she is pregnant or anticipates being pregnancy. Nor can the department assign an officer to desk duty because she is pregnant unless she requests it or force her to go on unpaid leave.

The lawsuit was filed in October 2008 in federal court in Detroit against the department and the City of Detroit. Following the settlement agreement, U. S. District Judge Sean F. Cox on Monday issued an order of dismissal.

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