[QUOTE=silverbrumby]I second everything Bunny said and want to share that it is NOT illegal to be fired for being pregnant in the US. SOME states have laws that will protect you and some states do not. It all depends on where you live and the size of your company.
After I announced my pregnancy at work, my project manager began harassing me and the owner of the company started to be late in paying me. That went on for 6 months. A week before I was due to go on maternity leave, they “laid me off” then spent another week harassing me and blackmailing me into giving up my contract (which guaranteed me 6 months severance) or they were going to cut me off from health insurance and “not play nice” and hold my severance pay as long as they possibly could and make me take them to court.
The stress of that caused my blood pressure to go through the roof and my babies to be born a month early. I had ZERO recourse.
Celebrate your pregnancy. Tell them if you want to, but you are under no legal obligation to do so. I’d go into this with the assumption of the worst case scenario happening and plan for that and then let it go. This is your time to enjoy. Find a way to have a safety net that doesn’t rely on the company you work for doing the right thing.[/QUOTE]
Wow, what jerks! You know if this how I were to be treated, then I would be happy they lay me off. I’m pretty confident I will find work and if this is how they treat people, I would start looking for another job ASAP anyway.
Everyone seems nice here. We are a very small company. The CEO and my boss seem like family men. The other lady I work with has 2 daughters of her own. The HR lady is family oriented as well. I know how to be professional and I will not slack or call in sick (if I can avoid it). There is opportunity to work from home here, so if anything, I will do that. I am even thinking of suggesting to the boss to take on a project that we haven’t had time for (like database cleanup) while I’m on leave.