Work Question

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SuzieQ - July 7

Ok -I was hoping you all could give me your input on this one. I was working at a locally owned business - only two staff members plus the owner. In early January, the owner had a staff meeting and the three of us discussed having each of us take over certain aspects of the business so the owner could take some time off for 6 months of the year. Basically, I would be taking over the non-retail aspects (i.e. wholesale accounts and sales) and that I would start training in March-April. Of course, in February, I tell them I am pregnant and was told literally that there was no point in training me because I was pregnant. I was a full time student at that time, and in March I reminded them that I would need full time hours when class was done in April (which I did the previous year as well and it was no problem.). The owner said the hours were not available until 'maybe' July. I can't work part time and live, so I found a new job and feel like I totally got the shaft. Was any of this illegal for them to do? I am mostly hurt by their lack of support and surprised by how they treated me as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Any input? thanks!


mcatherine - July 7

I'm not sure what state you live in, but it doesn't sound like what they did was illegal. Shi**y, yes, but not illegal. I agree you certainly got the shaft, but not training you for more responsibilities or taking your from part-time to full-time isn't pregnancy discrimination. They aren't obligated to do either unless you have a written, signed and notarized employment contract with those specific terms stated clearly. Discrimination due to your pregnancy is the only way you could say something illegal had taken place since, obviously, with the number of employees and the fact that you were part-time, you weren't protected under FMLA laws. I know you're hurt, but atleast you got a new job and you have a wonderful little baby on the way!


SuzieQ - July 7

That's pretty much what I thought too, just wanted a second opinion. Thanks :) My new job is good, and I'm really looking forward to taking a year off to rea__sess what I'm doing with work. We can't wait to see this little one!!



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