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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:12 PM   1
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chances of getting a new job while pregnant?


I'm fed up with my current job. I want to quit, but would it even be possible to be hired somewhere else while being pregnant?

I can't continue to work 59 hours a week like this and my boss won't cut my hours back. I actually think he wants me to quit, but I won't unless I have another job lined up. I really don't think anyone will hire me, though, because it's pretty obvious I'm pregnant.

Any thoughts??



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:21 PM   2
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well last time i was pregnant i was turned down every job i was interviewed for. I tried desperately to hide my bump but it was still showing, frankly i dont think anyone would hire us pregnant ladies



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:29 PM   3
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i have been turned down for everything! as soon as they know your pregnant they find a new reason why they couldnt hire you your boss sounds like an asshole he wants you to quit so he dont have to pay out for maternity leave dont quit now when can you take mat leave? x



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:30 PM   4
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well one thing to keep in mind is that there is zero job protection if you go on maternity leave before working at a company for at least 12 months.
So someone who is going to hire you is not obligated to keep your job for you to come back to (you may or may not care about this). The cost of training someone takes a while to recoup... so you can see why they don't like to hire women who are already pregnant (and even if they have someone they don't have to train to cover for you while you are out, there is always the chance you won't come back).

If its a temporary assignment/position, they may be thrilled to hire you. If you are highly skilled, you may be desirable enough to them that they'd keep your job for you anyway.

I know its illegal to not hire someone because they are pregnant, but its impossible to prove and there are some real business costs to consider.
I had to train 3 people for the same position in a 5 week period. They kept quitting on us without notice (they had applied for multiple jobs and the other one they wanted more came through). I couldn't do any of my own work while I was training... lets just say I was in hell for weeks trying to catch up



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:37 PM   5
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Hi chick,

Im just having a peek from 1st Trimester, I would do whats best for you, but just have a think how much longer you would have to work for in your current role. Do you get a good maternity package where you are now? If so I would try and stick it out as hard as it may be, as if you move the package may be a lot less. So you have to do whats right for you and bean.

Im a temp worker and the mat package by the goverment is not v good, but I didnt have a lot of choice.

If its not for much longer and your not risking your health then I would maybe have a word with your HR department if its possible to see if there is anything they can put in place?

However it works out, I hope that you and bean get lots of rest xx



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:41 PM   6
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I would agree with everyone else on here. I would think getting a job while pregnant would be far fetched. FOB wants me to stay home and MIL wants me to work, even suggested I get a job while pregnant. I couldn't believe her because I pretty much figured no one would hire me and as Lisa said, you won't be able to get FMLA so you won't be protected... they aren't required to keep the job open or you.

If you can hold on I would. I am sorry you are going thru this.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 16:46 PM   7
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I did have a friend who got a job at the DMV (department of motor vehicles) while 7 months pregnant (this was probably 12 years ago). Her 2nd day on the job she was having contractions and had to go into the hospital. It turned out to be nothing but when she tried to go back to that job, they said it was no longer available



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 17:18 PM   8
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I work for a small company. I won't get paid maternity leave. I don't even know if I will still have this job after taking time off to have the baby.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 17:24 PM   9
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how many people work at your company? (employees who work within a 75 mile radius of your office for the company - this may include outside contractors depending on if they are correctly classified as independent contractors)
How long have you worked there?

If there are at least 50 employees, and you've worked there for 12 months and worked 1,250 hours at least in the last few months, then you qualify for FMLA... unpaid job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks.
I'm not sure if you Texas has any protections other than the federal FMLA... so if you don't qualify, then you may have no job protection.

In which case, if you can find another job, GREAT



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 17:30 PM   10
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I changed jobs when i was pregnant- but got this new job at about 9 weeks- started around 11 weeks. It might be more difficult than it is worth to change. i would check maternity legislation in the US. in the UK, we can get SMP- which is where the company pays for 90% yr salary for 6 months. but i can't get it as i changed jobs during pregnancy. i would not have got it in my other job as i was on fixed contract that was coming to an end before i would be eligible as well. i would see how long you have to stay in this job before you are eligible for the maternity pay etc. and if yr boss is making it hard on you- check out yr rights when pregnant. in uk they have to do a risk assessment and make sure they give you appropriate work for yr condition. maybe not work such long hrs etc. i am not familiar with laws in US. Good luck!



 
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