Being harassed at work for being pregnant. Help!?
I am 30 weeks pregnant and work at Home Depot in the kitchen/bath/plumbing department. I have worked there since before I got pregnant. I go into work today and I am pulled into the office by the assistant store manager and the hr manager. They tell me that since I will not go on ladders or lift heavy objects I am not fullfilling my job responsibilities and I need to bring in a note. I have no problem bringing in a dr''s note, but why this far into my pregnancy are they doing this? I told them I have asked several times to be a cashier b/c it is less physically demanding and it would be better for the department to have someone else who can lift things. Instead they ignore my request and give me roughly 12 hours a week and tell me I am not doing my job. If I would have been approached about it by my supervisor in a "hey for paperwork reasons we just need a dr notes that you cant be on ladders etc" I would have had no problem with it. But they way they did it I feel threatened and want to know why they waited so long to ask me for a note. At this point I am very p****d off and want to know if there is any legal action I can take about this. Also I will be forced to work in my department alone and asked to do what is called "pack down" getting items out of the overhead (which I cant do b/c they are heavy and or require ladders) and when I ask for help 50% of the time no one helps me. And I will sometimes have to go 6 hours without taking a break b/c no one can cover my break so I get lightheated from not eating.
Asked By: - 7/12/2011
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THEY'RE legally obliged to offer you more suitable work at the same pay if you're not able to fulfill your job requirements due to pregnancy, YOU'RE not legally obliged to submit paperwork to keep them happy. There are laws set forth setting reasonable limits on what a pregnant woman can be expected to do, and if you'... More
Answered By: Jean - 7/12/2011
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I would call a district manager or Home Depot headquarters. They can't discriminate you for being pregnant. Also they should have put you in a different position if you weren't able to do your current job. That's just not right and I would definitely bring it to somebody in a higher position than them.
Answered By: Ashley - 7/12/2011
I quit my job at an office because they were discriminating against me for being pregnant. What they are doing to you makes you feel uncomfortable and are singling you out because of pregnancy this is actually against labor and industries laws and you have every right to contact your local labor and industries and file... More
Answered By: Scarlett - 7/12/2011
call the better business bur eo on them that's not right or find a new job
Answered By: confused - 7/12/2011
Oh my goodness. This is pure discrimination for just being pregnant! If I were you, I'd start yelling, but your calm approach to the matter is appropriate. Other than that, I would take legal action. Discrimination in any color is horrible and ignorant. I'm outraged that they would even DO this to you!
Answered By: Brianna Vincent - 7/12/2011
as far as the no breaks thing goes, ive got it worse. i work 9 hours a day at a gas station where you dont get a break for lunch or anything. you have to stand there, not sit, until the end of your shift. well it started to cause problems so my doc told me i have to have a break. my work said thats not possible since i... More
Answered By: Kimberly - 7/12/2011
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