N.K. asks from Bethany, OK on April 10, 2007
Pregnant with New Job! Help!
In one week, (in order) my family got a dog, I was offered a new job, and I found out I am pregnant! Whew! I start my job today and I dont know when and how to tell my boss. I start today and Im already planning maternity leave! When should I tell her? Should I even go back to work?? Help!
B.H. answers from Kansas City on April 10, 2007
First things first...congratulations! I had the same thing happen to me...well, not the dog part, but the rest of it. I did wait until I was about 3 months along. I was honest with them...it wasn't planned but it is a wonderful surprise, I wasn't sure whether or not I'd be coming back after the baby, but that I did want to keep working until I gave birth (btw-they can't fire you for being pregnant, it's illegal) and I would give them ample notice if I decided to quit so that they would have time to replace me and I could help train my replacment.
When it became clear that I was going to quit and become a stay at home mom, I told my bosses about it and we found a good replacment that I trained myself and left feeling good that I hadn't left them in a bad situation .
Actually about a month ago they called me and asked if I wanted to come back on a part time basis to help out with billing. It made it clear to me that I had done the right thing. I made the right decision for myself and my family, but I didn't burn the bridges with a fair and good employer.
By the way, I did go back to help them out two mornings a week and it has been great. The best of both worlds for me.
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K.D. answers from Oklahoma City on April 13, 2007
Some one stated you can't be fired for being pregnant and yes it's illegal but it happens. It happened to me. About 5 weeks into a new job, I found out I was pregnant, it was wonderful we had tried for 6 months. I told my employer immediately and they seemed excited. I continued to do well at the job, I got a raise 3months down the road, and one week after my raise, I was fired because as the owner said, I was making too many mistakes. Not one write up, not once had I been told I had made a mistake, plus the raise. The owner's wife, who hired me, so she wouldn't have to be there anymore was mad that she would have to come back while I was out, that was all it was. They attempted to deny my unemployment, I sued and WON!! I got two separate judgments against the company and when the judge in court said to the owner's wife, "I believe you have lied to this court, judgement for the plaintiff" I was so happy.
To fire a woman because she is pregnant, shouldn't happen, but it does.
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J.L. answers from Kansas City on April 10, 2007
Well that depends on how far along are you and what kind of job do you have. Cause when i was pregnant with my son i was working in fast food and i just got the job. But i didn't tell them that i was pregnant until i was 3 months along, but they was still ok with it. And the going back to work thing is up to you. I went back to work before my 6 weeks was up. But good luck in what ever you do.
A.G. answers from Springfield on April 10, 2007
You're not obligated to tell you're new employer about the pregnancy right away. If you were already working there you'd wait a few months anyway, right? I guess keeping the job depends on a few things. Do you need the money, do you need the insurance or are you insured by your husband? You wouln't be covered by FLMA so they won't *have to* hold your job during the maternity leave, do you want to work after the child is born?
Good luck and congratulations.
C.H. answers from Kansas City on April 10, 2007
I guess everything here is your choice. How well you take pregenacy? Do you want to work while being pregnet? Do you plan to work after you have the baby? or do you plan to stay at home? Depending on your job and these answers would I make any big decission. If you plan to stay home after your baby is born, I believe it is only fair to tell your boss soon. If you need the money. I believe you should work until you cannot work anymore. I hope this has help you with your decission.