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Asked by amandadawn121281

Q: Can I be terminated from my job for requesting light duty?

I work at a nursing home as a CNA. The policy of the nursing home is that anyone who requests light duty or even if the have a doctor's note for it, are automatically terminated. They expect you to do the same job the whole time you are pregnant with out any restriction. I am trying to ask for more help and cut down on some lifting, but it is hard.

I live in Kentucky btw. Is this legal?

This question was asked Jun. 8, 2014 7:18am
Category: Pregnancy & Work

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Answered by amandadawn121281 - Jun. 17, 2014 7:16am
Thanks for the answers. My boss will come right out and say that if you have to have light duty you are terminated. I have heard even if your doc writes that you are not allowed and overtime they will terminate you as well.

I guess I need to find a lawyer if anything should happen.

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Answered by Mmkohl - Jun. 10, 2014 1:42am
I worked in a group home during my first pregnancy and was told I could only lift the consumers up until 28 weeks after that no lifting. I still was able to do all my other duties beside transfer patients and my coworkers were cool with it. I would assume it would be against the law to fire you as it would be discrimination. Check your employee handbook and see if it covers being pregnant.

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Answered by eag923 - Jun. 8, 2014 2:45pm
You will have to look further into pregnancy discrimination laws. Most pregnant women are covered by the ADA if their place of employment has 15 or more employees. However, I think how your job is getting away with this unfair practice is that they have to treat pregnant women who medically need lighter work as they would anyone else with a disability. The pregnancy & maternity leave laws in this country are some of the worst in the world, so you may have to do a bit of legal research if you are indeed unable to perform your duties.

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Answered by Kitten90 - Jun. 8, 2014 2:31pm
Everywhere in the U.S. that is illegal. Federal law.

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Answered by kaylia2oo5 - Jun. 8, 2014 12:50pm
I don't know about Kentucky, but we live in Nova Scotia and that'd be illegal here. As long as you've been there past your probation period and have a Doctors note I don't think there is much that they can do! Good luck :)

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