Q: Can my job fire me for being pregnant with health issues?
I’m 20 weeks pregnant, and my job is trying to find ways to fire me. They are trying to create a paper trail for reason to fire me. I made my job aware of my pregnancy when i was around 8 or 9 weeks pregnant. Before then I had no issues. I’ve been at my job for almost 11yrs without ever being suspended or put on probation . I’ve been very sick throughout my pregnancy, and I put in for FMLA to cover my absences. There was a meeting, and i couldn’t attend due to my doctors appointment. I was told “I was aware of all the meetings for the year, and I had plenty of time to adjust my schedule.” I explained to them (again) my health issues changed, And now go to the dr weekly. My job told me “I was expected to be there.” I went to my Dr appointment and my dr sent me to the hospital. I got a call about a day or two later saying I was not allowed to return to work until I sit down with the managers. They wrote me up for missing the meeting even though I was sent to the hospital.
A: No they can't. You should notify HR. Consider a consultation for a case evaluation.
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A: It is illegal for your employer to take any adverse employment action against you based on your pregnancy or in retaliation for your request for leave under FMLA. If you work in New York City, unwarranted negative performance reviews may constitute an adverse employment action.
Employment law is very fact-specific. You should speak to an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible about your particular situation.
You can read more about the laws that protect you from pregnancy discrimination at https://www.workingnowandthen.com/new-york-discrimination/new-york-pregnancy-discrimination/.
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