Finding out that you are pregnant should be one of the best moments of your life. Growing a new life is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated. However, as with almost all pregnant people, you will have some concerns. It’s likely that you will want to continue working to earn an income before and after you give birth. Therefore, informing your boss of your pregnancy may be something that concerns you.
Most workers in the United States are eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for reasons related to pregnancy, child birth and child care. This means that they will be able to take up to three months of unpaid, job-protected leave within 12 months. If you are worried about your boss reacting harshly to your pregnancy news or being denied your rights, you must make sure you are well-informed.
How and when to tell your boss that you are pregnant
You should aim to let your boss know as soon as possible regarding your pregnancy. It’s considered reasonable to inform your boss at some point within the first three months of your pregnancy. You may want to inform your boss earlier if you are experiencing pregnancy-related complications, as it may mean that you need to take sick leave. Make sure that you understand your rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
What are my rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act?
As a person who is pregnant or a person who may become pregnant in the future, you are protected from being discriminated against in the workplace. When applying for a job, your interviewer should not ask you questions about whether you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, since this should never be a factor in the hiring decision process.
If you are pregnant and employed by a company, your employer cannot take any negative action against you because of this. For example, they cannot decide to demote you, fire you or change your workplace responsibilities.
If you are pregnant and you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer, you should make sure that you take the appropriate legal action and assert your rights. By taking action in this way, you may be able to gain compensation for any financial damages incurred.