Passed on a Project Because of my Condition - "pregnancy"

Jessica - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I've never really thought that it would be hard for me to have a family and have a career. BUT that came to a HOLT last month. I told my boss that I was expecting my THIRD child. AND prior to that, I was put on a project that required traveling. The traveling was not going to be through out my pregnancy. My boss (a woman) decided because of my condition that this project should be pasted to my associate. That decision should be up to me. If I did not have an issue with it, why should she? This is just hard for me to swallow. I am not going to do anything to jeopardize my job right now. My husband job is wishy washy. I have the stable income. I cannot rock the $$$$ boat. Sorry, had to vent. New to site, and first posting. :)

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Tah - posted on 06/24/2011

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Discrimination and they can't do that..it's up to you if you want to pursue that..

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Well in the original post, there was no mention of being fired. Just pulled from a project that required travel. And even that statement was vague. I mean, are we talking about travel that requires driving all over the state? Airline travel? How often? Once a month or more frequently? Or, International travel? I think the OP was vague in regard to defining the frequency and extent of travel.

Tah - posted on 06/30/2011

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I know it's a case you can win. I had finished nursing school and was hired, given my pay rate, did the paperwork, went to occupational health asked the nurse there if a certain vaccine was okay to five to pregnant women, next thing I know, I get a call resnding the offer..I was only a couple months pregnant, I would have only taken the 6 weeks, I work with nurses who work up until the weekend before and even after their due dates..I found they can't do that because it's discrimination, but I never pursued it..if she fires you because you question it, she may as well send you home with a big check because you win any lawsuits stemming from that..

Karen - posted on 06/30/2011

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It is completely against the law for your boss to do that. Not sure what state you live in, but even just under federal law that's discrimination. I understand why you wouldn't want to pursue action but is it possible to speak with your boss about why she made the decision and explain that you are fully capable of fulfilling the duties of your job? It doesn't sound from fpyour post that this is a high risk pregnancy, and I think most dr's say it's ok to fly up until 8 months. At a minimum I would document everything because if she's making this decision now, I wouldn't be surprised if there are other times in the future when she gives a project to someone else because of your pregnancy or assumed child care responsibilities. There was actually a recent case in which a single mom was passed over for promotion because the boss assumed she wouldn't be able to travel, never even asked the woman. Guess who won? Yup, the single mom. Good luck.

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Honestly, see this more as a blessing. Since anything can happen at any time during a pregnancy, God forbid something was to happen while you were away on business. It could be simply seen as a precautionary measure. Your could go into premature labor, a car accident, or simply take a fall. (I did that while pregnant, literally tripped over my own feet while in the classroom and had to go through a ridiculous process to make sure me & baby were OK through HR) I understand you are angry, but the bigger picture needs to be what is best for your pregnancy. Yup-sounds like discrimination to me, but sometimes you need to pick your battles. Right now, you are employed in a crappy economy and you acknowledge that you're not going to do anything to jeopardize your job. But at the same token, perhaps if you actually express your disappointment to your boss, you might get the reason why you were asked to step down from this project. IMO, your boss being a woman has no bearing.

Aunie - posted on 06/24/2011

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Don't be discouraged. Sometimes something like this is a wake up call to ways of making your income in other ways. I too work full-time and have the stable income in my home. On the side, I also help people get healthier and achieve health and wellness personally, physically, environmentally, and financially. My heart is with my family everyday and wants to have the freedom to be able to say that I don't need this full-time "9-5" job, but because I enjoy it I stay. That is my goal.

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