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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 04:22 PM
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Re: Lawmaker: Pregnant Workers Who Want Accommodations Should Quit

I agree the nanny state is not the answer. Collective bargaining is one possible solution.

During my second pregnancy I was fired because I was pregnant. It was just a part time job that I kind of enjoyed, but the small business owner didn't want a pregnant woman working for him. He was afraid of the liability (I have no idea what he meant) and he didn't want to deal with me needing time off leaving him unable to get my job completed.

But what if that business owner had employed me as a full time single woman and that was my only source of income? Was it fair for him to fire me because of the problems a pregnant employee presented?

Small businesses present unique challenges to labor laws. That business owner would have been out of part of his sales if he wasn't able to replace me.

There is no easy answer but being penalized and unable to support yourself because of a pregnancy is not a very healthy way for this country to treat its citizens.


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Re: Lawmaker: Pregnant Workers Who Want Accommodations Should Quit

I think the laws only state that we are paid ovetime after forty hours, unless we are under a contract? I think they state we are to be provided with a safe working environment and given a twenty minute break after six hours of work. I'm not sure there is anything else to it? Maybe there is a law that says we can't be forced to work more than a certain number of hours? I really don't know.

I do know that it isn't right to fire a woman for being pregnant, unless there was something in the contract and you signed it.

I don't think getting pregnant is a need or a must. I think it's a want. So, I'm not so sure anything can be done about forcing employers to keep your job or to pay a mother for staying home. It's a hell of a nice perc for some, though. I know there are many who get it, but they are usually working for bigger corporations or salary workers.

Sorry you got fired.

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