TTC in Bad Workplace Environment?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

quit right now- you can afford it. It’s ok to look for another job while TTC. people (particularly women) are always so considerate of their employers. Look at how much employers get out of their employees and how often they treat them with disdain or basic human respect. It is a commercial arrangement, particularly if you live in the US. There are not many basic conditions afforded to most employees. Employers know that every hire is a gamble- what if we have to sack them? What if they’re a sex pest, what if they are too loud, smelly, argumentative… You don’t owe them anymore than they owe you.

Post # 3
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Womble:  The thing is (I am guessing you are in Aust given you used the word coon as an example of racist comments) you will lose your maternity leave rights if you quit now. A new employer won’t have to give you any type of maternity leave for 12 months. If that isn’t a big concern then I would start applying but given the work climate I wouldn’t leave your current position until you have a new one.

I would also be concerned about what type of reference these people will give you.

Have you tried ringing fair work to just find out where you stand? Are the other employees willing to come forward? Document everything and keep a log of every task and how long it took daily. Just in case these people sack you if they get wind of you applying for other jobs.

If you can afford it then quit now and start looking (but check with your bank on whether they still require monthly payments on the mortgage even though you are ahead- some do not count extra payments as part of your monthly committment/contract repayments).


Post # 4
7055 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Womble:  Oh wait you’re in Australia?

In Australia I’m almost certain the employer must make up for under-award payments in the past, even if you agreed to them. We’ve also got pretty strong anti-racism workplace laws, though my reading of is that you can’t actually take action if it’s not directed at you. 

I suggest you contact and/or your local MP and report them for the under award payments and harassment. No one in Australia should have to put up with this.

Post # 5
1192 posts
Bumble bee

That all sounds terrible. I know the job market is crappy, but I would try looking for a new job (before you quit). The stress is not going to do anything positive for your pregnancy!! Or your health in general…

If you’re not relying on mat leave or earning large amounts of money, I would try to pick up something casual just to occupy time. I would feel less guilty about leaving so soon (not that you need to feel guilty to take time out, but I know many do!). I don’t know what profession you’re in, but if you’re planning to take a few years out with babies anyway, a slightly early start hopefully wouldn’t set you back too far?

Post # 6
1192 posts
Bumble bee

Womble:  as a side note, those racist comments made my skin crawl!! I wouldn’t be able to stand it either!

Post # 9
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Womble:  the br stuff is a glich since the upgrade 

Sucks about fair work not being helpful but I guess not suprising given whose running it at the moment. 

I think if you can afford it then quit. It is not selfish to look after your mental and physical health so don’t feel like that. 


Post # 10
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you can afford it (which it sounds like you can), I’d quit.  Or stick it out until you get pregnant and just funnel all your earnings until then into savings.  But you have to look out for your mental well-being – this environment sounds truly toxic.  Heck, you might get pregnant faster once you’re out of there! (who knows how the stress of being there is taxing your body)

Post # 11
2047 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Womble:  honestly I’d keep looking for something else…. if Mat leave isnt something your concerned with (especially if your going to take a few years off) then really… you have nothing to loose! I know its more out of consideration for a new employer as it would be annoying to hire someone for a few months and then they are literally gone…but ….. its not the end of the world and they will find someone new.

I would be most concerned about your health and the babies health and being in that stressful environment isnt going to do you any favors! I would get out if if I could!

Post # 13
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Stick with them, if only to get your maternity leave paid out then leave, otherwise if you leave now and find another job, you’ll have to wait out another 12 months before you’re legible for maternity leave again. As for back pay on overtime you’ve worked, you have every right to take your award to them and demand it. I was in a similar situation where I was grossly underpaid; I read my award and contacted the ombudsman who advised me to talk to my employer, so I did. I told them I had spoken to the ombudsman and read my award and was owed backpay and so they did it. 

Good luck TTC. Fingers crossed your hunch today proves right!

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