Pregnancy is a joyous occasion, but it can reek havoc on your career if you're not careful. It is illegal to fire someone because she is pregnant, but some companies will try to get around this law by claiming that they are firing you for other reasons. This is a double injustice because in addition to losing your job, you may have trouble finding another one. Hopefully, your company would not do this, but don't take any chances. Here's how to avoid this potential disaster:
Remember that a pregnancy is difficult to hide, even before your belly grows. If human resources see that you're going to doctor's appointments every four weeks, they will put two-and-two together. Also, watch what you say on the phone and make sure no one hears you talk about your pregnancy.
Announce that you are pregnant as early as possible. This is the most important step. If you make it known officially, they probably will not fire you because they cannot claim that they did not know you were pregnant.
Don't tell any of your peers at work before human resources. Though your buddy may have the best intentions, rumors travel fast. If word gets around, they will have a chance to fire you before you make the official announcement.
Take sick time. As a dedicated professional, you may be inclined to force yourself to stay at work even though you have to run to the ladies' room several times a day. If you do not make it known that you are suffering from symptoms related to your pregnancy, they can claim that they are firing you for poor job performance or lack of productivity. Don't take more than on or two day if you don't have to, though. You don't want to annoy your company unnecessarily.
After you get these steps out of the way, work hard and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't take more than on or two sick days if you don't have to. You don't want to annoy your company unnecessarily.
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