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Asked by xxRachiixx

Q: Starting new job and 7 weeks pregnant.

I will be around 11 weeks when I start my new job, it's in a bank being a customer advisor, which won't effect me working as I won't be doing any lifting. It's just on the phones. I train for 10 weeks which is included in my probation period. I don't know the right time to say I'm pregnant, and I'm worried about them dismissing me? I'm joining a union once I start to try and protect myself but how much will this protect me? Is there anything I can do if they do try and dismiss me? As my pregnancy wasn't planned at all, it's just a blessing/mircale which has happened :) advice appreciated!! xx

This question was asked Jun. 21, 2013 1:56pm
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Answered by hopefullll - Jun. 23, 2013 1:41pm
While it is illegal to fire you for being or becoming pregnant, sadly, it happens all the time and if you are still in your probation period it's very possible that you could be let go. It's too hard to prove in court that you were fired for being pregnant and employers know that. Once you are officially hired it will much harder for them to fire you without good reason so you will be good to go at that point. So, my advice to you is to keep it quiet until you are past probation and over the 20 week mark. You are not obligated in any way to tell anybody about your pregnancy this soon so don't worry about that.

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Answered by jes119 - Jun. 21, 2013 4:09pm
Check your state laws. Florida recently passed one that allows the employer to discriminate against a pregnant woman, but I think that's only if the pregnancy is going to prevent you from being able to do your job. Like if you were working in a factory or a field that requires heavy lifting.

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Answered by Kakkie - Jun. 21, 2013 4:05pm
I agree with stephpan....here in Canada, it is also illegal for an employer to fire you because you are pregnant, and you are not obligated to tell them you are pregnant. Definitely talk to your union representative - I'm sure they've encountered situations like this before, and may have some good advice for you. Congratulations on your pregnancy :)


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Answered by stephpan - Jun. 21, 2013 2:55pm
I'm not sure where you live - but in the US for them to fire you because you are pregnant is illegal. You aren't required to tell them you are pregnant - but it might be a good idea to tell them before you start showing too much.

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