I am so furious right now!!!! This post has nothing to do with my pregnancy. It's a family matter. My Sister-in-Law(I'll call her B) is about 21 weeks pregnant and she and my brother -n- law (I'll call him Drew) are not very financially secure, but they work there butts off to get by and always have done what they need to do to make it. The pregnancy was unplanned. But they told themselves when they found out, what is done is done and we are going to raise this baby as best we can with more love to offer than money. Drew is a restaurant manager....who was relocated recently as the owner is building a new store that Drew will take over sometime in April or May. In the mean time he is working in one of the other stores UNDER another manager who forgets that Drew is in the same position as he. Since Drew is not managing a store at the moment his income has been affected. But B was working as well so they were getting by. They have both always worked full time. During B's first trimester she was really sick. Since her job was waiting tables and handling cleaning chemicals her DR recommended another less arduous and non-toxic job. So B surrendered waitressing and went on the hunt for a new job, which was wearisome. I do not understand why as she is a very bright, put together, well spoken individual. I am theorizing potential employers were "ONTO" her pregnancy and just did not want to hire her. As a last resort she applied with The Home Depot, and she was hired, magnificent!!!! She shadowed a few days and was told that she needed to attend orientation prior to working solo as a cashier. Drew and B have one vehicle on the Saturday of her orientation she awoke early,took Drew to work and headed to work herself, she ran into a bad accident and was three mins late. Granted late is late.... her supervisor told her that because she was late she could not enter the orientation as it had already begun and ask'd her how badly she wanted the Job. B apologized for her untimeliness and told her it was very important to her to keep this job. Her supervisor then went on to comment I know how important it is to you and I am aware of your "position"(pregnancy) so I will give you another chance but you will have to wait a few weeks until the next orientation and B agreed. A few days passed and today B's supervisor called and asked her to come in and work, she told her that she would have to shadow again but understands the need for income now. B went into work for a few hours today and then the Manager of the supervisor showed up and confronted B. He told her word for word " Well, because your obviously pregnant and likely not to return to work after having the baby we are going to have to let you go now. We cannot have you work for only a few months. You should have been upfront about the pregnancy rather than hide it". This is what makes me so mad. For one, it's Illegal to discriminate and fire a woman for being pregnant. Second, no woman is required to reveal a pregnancy as part of a job application for the same reason. It's a discriminatory question... falls under the same laws as asking someone's age, religion, race or sexual orientation. She could file a law suit but does not have the financial means to do so. So, they get away with discrimination. That is not fair. There has to be something that can be done. Anyone have some ideas. A corporations like The Home Depot should know better. I wish there was something I could do.
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