Post # 47
If you haven’t already spoken with him today, I would probably start with something like “I was not legally obligated to tell you that I am currently pregnant, but did so because of the respect that I have for you, this job, and this school. I feel like you didn’t show me the same respect when you used that information to discriminate against me and provide me with a different contract than the one we previously discussed. I would like to give you the opportunity to rectify this situation before I seek other remedies, such as consulting the union or an attorney.” I know you don’t want to make it feel like you’re threatening him in some way, but you should be firm and let him know that you are fully aware of your rights and intend to exercise them if he continues to illegally discriminate against you.
I am similarly dismayed at the number of people who seem to think that it is totally okay to be discriminated against in such a blatant and obvious way! Perhaps this principal expected you to be the same way, and lie down and take it when your rights are being violated.
Post # 48
i think that is a perfect response!
make him think about this and give him a chance to fix it…. if he doesnt… then i would definately take some action because from what i have read…. this is ridiculous and definately discrimination.
Post # 49
Hi there, just a quick update:
Went into work early with every intention of confronting him about what happened and discussing it further. Found out he was actually on a course today ad wouldnt be in all day. ERGH!!
Turned out to be better than what i had thought. ive had enough time to clam down and think rationally about the situation. He is a very intense personality so i need to broach this subject carfully so i dont burn future bridges. I will not back down and have already sought advice form other coworkers who already said before i could say anythign that it was blatent discrimination. He cant go back on the offer. So i now have to work out a plan of attack, and what im going to say. I wont back down from this, but i dont want to get a bad career out of this in the process.
Post # 50
you know the message you have to get across. it’s not what you say but how you say it. always be civil. i would ask for the reason you are not being offered a 12 month contract. you need them to say it is because you are pregnant and not have that assumption. i mean i would think it’s the reason too. but if you get told that, i think it would help your case a lot more. you never said the school said it’s because of your pregnancy (and if you did n i read it wrong oopsies!). i’m on your side, i think it completely violates a woman’s right. i don’t think you should ask any leading questions like “does this have to do with my pregnancy” or anything. who knows, you might get some bs answer like you aren’t a good teacher or something dumb and untrue. protect yourself! if you are considering a lawsuit i would definitely advise you to seek a lawyer’s opinion.
Post # 51
Oh that is sooo many levels of wrong OP, it’s ILLEGAL! And the blabbing about the pregnancy ? I’d rip him a new one and blame the hormones. Well, perhaps not, but I would be tempted !
As for the bees that think this is not discrimination… Are you kidding me? She was offered a contract, she is able to fulfill the contact, she tells them shes pregnant, and boom! Different contract.
This makes me sad
Post # 52
gostraight to your discrimination office. You have only 30 days to file a report. I know it is scary but if you don’t, you won’t be able to do anything. Also, the burden of proof is on the employer to prove they didn’t discriminate.
I was discriminated against when I got pregnant. I didn’t complain fast enough although I had a good case. I was miserable for months. I finally started at a new job and am much happier.
I heard he had done nothing wrong and I know he feels (even to this day) he had every right to do what he did. Another women will come along and will have it worse. We women need to know our rights and fight for them. No man would go to a job and tell them he was gettin knee surgery and be treated this way.
I am so sorry this happened to you. Stay strong, don’t talk to him until you have talked to the discrimination office. It gives him time to make things up. Mine made me into the worst employee ever.
Post # 53
how did everything go?? Update pretty please:)
Post # 54
@MrsMeNow hi there, well I went to my womens rep advisor and she got intouch with my Union, and then they finally contacted me, and it turns out that they even have a policy document specifically for temporary contract teachers, and this is def discrimination. So they sent me the file and i haad to wait a week and a half till i could speak with my principal. So in the mean time im sure my head teacher spoke to him about this, (i had told her that i was really upset and didnt want to cause a stir), so anyways when i went to find out exctly what was happening, he said that i would have the contract for the entire period, and that i would be getting the same job i was offered, and it was all sweet. Which was weird for me to hear casue he had said it to my face that it would probs only be for the first term. And he also mentioned something that i had only told my HT, so obviously she spoe to him. But i dont really care cause its all sorted. 🙂 and i also found out he has to continue offering me contracts and work with me even for the next contract, and if he doesnt offer me one then its also discrimination, something to do with being a carer and family related and stuff, so realy good to know! but im just relieved that its the full 12mnth contract and doing the job he offerred 🙂
Post # 55
Glad to hear that it all worked out!
Post # 56
So glad it worked out for you! You didn’t need the added stress! Take care
Post # 57
what? she has been discriminated against because they changed the terms of the offer based on pregnancy to avoid paying maternity.
Post # 58
Glad everything worked out!!
To those who blamed OP for telling the employer she was pregnant – shame on you. It was the employer’s fault they acted illegally, not hers for being honest.