Iím Excited, But Will My
Boss Think Itís Good News?
just found out youíre pregnant, and you canít wait to share the good
news! Future dad is the first to find out, and heís already trying
to rub and talk to your belly. Do you really need to wait 12 weeks
to tell everyone else?
Maybe youíll just tell a few folks before you finish the first
trimester. This way your mother-in-law can get off your back about
giving her grandchildren, and maybe you can convince your best
friend to hurry up and get pregnant too! Even the person at the
checkout counter who sold you What to Expect When Youíre
Expecting, along with every other pregnancy related book you
could carry, was excited for you.
Youíre thinking thereís no way anyone would react poorly to your big
news when you suddenly rememberóyou still have to tell your
While some women will find their bosses are surprisingly supportive
about their pregnancy, it is far too common to hear about women who
were once on the fast track at work and suddenly find they have hit
a glass ceiling after they have a family. Even bosses with families
of their own may find themselves discriminating against employees
who are soon to be parents. No matter how you think your boss is
going to respond, you need to be smart and protect yourself.
What can you do to protect yourself? This varies
depending on your individual situation, but one thing all pregnant
woman should do is educate themselves about their rights at work.
By educating yourself, you will be able to recognize when you are
being treated unfairly and will be able to ensure that you receive
all of the benefits you are entitled to.
Second, no matter when you decide to tell your boss you are
pregnant, put it in writing. This doesnít have to be a fancy
statement with lots of legal language. A simple note stating that
you are pregnant and want to inquire about any benefits available to
you during your pregnancy will suffice. You should give a copy of
this note to both your boss and to human resources, and you should
both sign and date the note.
This written statement protects you in the event your employer does
violate the law. Without it, your employer may argue that they had
no knowledge of your pregnancy. While the law does not state that
informing your employer needs to be written, a written statement
clearly shows that your employer had actual knowledge of your
pregnancy and will prevent any defense of ignorance.
information on understanding the rights you have at work when you
are pregnant or to discuss how and when to tell your boss the good
www.pregnancylawyer.com or contact
Attorney Sarah B. Schlehr directly at (310) 492-5757.
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