Post # 1
I posted a month ago about things getting shady at my job now that I am preggo and that we were going to start doing lay offs. Since then I got into a pretty bad car accident and my DR has written me out to work from home, until baby in Nov. I was super nervous about this and how it will reflect on me, I had the conversation with my boss and I’ve been at home for the last 2 weeks now and I am working my butt.
However, I do get access to the head of the departments calendar and just saw a notification come through that they are doing lay off notifcations within the week. I don’ t know who is included in that but I am freaking out right now and my anxiety isgetting the better of me. I can’t stop thinking that it will be me on there and what will my DH and I do, aside from not having a income what will we do about my insurance. I am a HR pregnancy and have all my Drs through my insurance and have paid almost $2,000 for the deductable thus far and if I have to switch and go on my husbands we have to start that all over and none of my Drs are covered. I am really a wreck right now and I don’ tknow how to calm myself.
Post # 3
Can I ask you…WHY do you think you would be considered for a lay-off?!
If your answer is performance-based, or because you are NOT needed (in your opinion), OK, then MAYBE they have a foot to stand on…
However, my current position deals with these types of things, and I know I would NEVER consider ‘laying off’ a pregnant woman…ever. I know that sounds terrible, but unless you have proper documentation to support such a decision, such as, the entire department is being laid off, as in ‘unneeded’, and/or write-ups to support such a termination – as far as performance goes, or proof to support that you upcoming changes are such you absolutely cannot perform the job-related functions (which, is seemingly not the case if you can work from home, no problem). Otherwise, it *could* potentially look like discrimination.
Especially since you were ordered to work from home by the Doctor.
I know times are tough, but if decisions like that need to be made, I would certainly think you would be ‘last’ on the chopping block, if at all. In this day and age, *most* companies realize that certain people need protection to avoid lawsuits.
I guess I am saying try to relax for the time being. Good luck. I wish you all the best.
Post # 4
Sorry to hear this! I don’t have much advice and there’s probably not much that you can do at this point….just try to keep doing your job and not stress. Easier said than done. Just try to focus on your health and the health of your baby.
Post # 5
I have been at my job 4 years, and always had great performance, got steller feedback and great reviews. I changed bosses and locations about a year ago and my new boss is a nice guy but is a horrible manager and he will tell it to anyone that he is a bad manager. I went from having a 10 min commute to a 5 hour commute, and with that I still have kept up great performance and got promoted 8 months ago. I never had a “formal” year end review but got all great feedback, I would hope since they promoted, however, I was pretty upset that I never got a year end review and really pushed for one. I finally got my year end review at the end of May! With that again great reviews. With my new promotion, I started supporting the Head of the entire Department, basically project based. She too always gave great feedback and likes my work.
Then I find out I’m pregnant and tell my boss in June, well everything goes down hill then. Due to my commute I have had to go in late or leave early because my Drs are all in the are where I live not where I work, but I’ve always made sure all my work is done, I log in at night to complete projects and work on the weekends.
However I get a Mid Year Assesment in August and all of a suden I am a low performer, a week after this an annoucement comes out that they will be laying off everyone who was a low performer for mid year due to the ecomony. All the examples that were given to me either had nothing to do with me or where my bosses fault that he was now putting off on me. I called him out on it and was really upset, he didn’t have much to say, and he wouldn’t change my review. Then 2 weeks after all this I got into my car accident. Then to see that they are actually moving forward with doing the notifications probably in the next week now has me freaking out, like am I on this list? I presented my case and documented everything, I went and pulled all my past reviews to store just in case, but I am just super worried right now. I also think they are doing this because they most likey realize that I will not be back after the baby, doing a 5 hour commute would be way to hard so I feel like they don’t want to have to pay me my 4 months of maternity so they are looking for a way to get rid of me.
Post # 6
It sounds to me that you have done all you can do in this situation. It was very smart to obtain all of your reviews, etc. Keep documenting, and keep working at your highest standard, certainly.
Again, I am on the employer side of things, however, in reading what you wrote I am irritated that they are seemingly making decisions that could get them in a lot of trouble…Im just saying 🙂 It is not their business, or their speculation to make on whether or not they think you will be back. Our government has set-up programs, like FMLA, to take care of those whom are sick/pregnant/adopting, etc. They also have ensured people are protected thru discrimination laws. (note: I am not stating they ARE discriminating, but it sounds like they COULD be certainly).
Please try to take care of yourself and your baby in the meantime. I would be stressed out too, but as of right now, you still have a job. The rest will hopefully work out the best way for you!!
Post # 7
I’m so sorry this is adding another layer of stress to your pregnancy. Are you working in the U.S.? If so, since you’re due in November if the worst happens and you are laid off, COBRA should kick in and keep you and the baby covered under your current plan.