Post # 121
Horseradish : okay, that makes sense then and I understand why it would be a detriment to an employer!
If people are advocating for paid maternity leaves because that’s how it’s done in other countries, they definitely need to understand HOW it’s done in these other countries. My company doesn’t pay for any of my year long “paid” (55% of my salary) ‘mat leave.
Post # 122
This is probably pointless since so many other people have stated the same, but OP, while it sucks, it is likely not illegal based on the size of the business. This is based on my experiences practicing law and looking into this same issue recently for a friend.
If it personally makes you feel better, by all means look into filing a complaint of some sort, or consulting with a local attorney, but I think your best bet at this point is moving on and looking for more work. Others suggested seasonal work. Given your social work background, what about crisis work (like a DV hotline?) I’d imagine the hours would not be great, but it would be over the phone, so you could stay home and still do something related to your degree). You could also look into tutoring, substitute teaching, or talk to temp agencies.
Post # 124
We’re idiots in the US when it comes to taking care of our own people. But we always have money for war, no one asks how much it costs to bomb Syria. It does suck when small companies have to take the burden of these costs which is why the government should fund it. But for now small companies need to factor in the cost of hiring human beings, there is a cost to dealing with living breathing people and you can’t just fire people for creating the next generation.
Post # 125
Yes.. Unfortunately here size matters 😔 not to say that I’d decide to initiate a lawsuit but just that his actions actually arent against the law sucks majorly.. How unfair to small business pregnant emoloyees! I was planning on at least filling a complaint but am waiting to collect my last check 🙁 There were other instances that solidify he has no regard for standard employer practices so wanted to make sure I got that first. Sigh
Post # 126
ct2015 : eww, you’re obviously a joyful and giving person. Yeah, it sucks that there are laws that most businesses must comply with in their efforts to make an extra buck. Let’s go back to the times of over overworked children as well shall we. Screw humanity, nurture corporations instead 👍
Post # 127
WOW – I’m so sorry that happened to you! That is INSANE. And illegal. Sue the ass off him, sorry not sorry.
Post # 128
As expected, NINE pages of people bitching about the employer and ZERO suggestions of how to work around the situation without costing the employer additional money…
People go into business to make money and be financially self sufficient…if you work for someone that has a small business, there are often benefits, but there are often drawbacks…you can’t have everything…since everyone here seems to think it is so easy to own and run a business, why don’t all you ladies get together and start a “by women, for women” business…you can cater to each other’s pregnancies, children, etc.
Post # 129
ct2015 : no need to be snarky Ma’am
Post # 130
MissMul : she just updated that it IS legal. Small businesses are exempt from some laws because they don’t have the financial stability to support people who need time off.
Post # 131
ct2015 : Way to be wrong–and bitter while you’re at it!
There were a good number of people, myself included, who suggested that the employer did not break the law at all due to the size of the company, and the fact that OP may have been within her 90-day probationary period.
Post # 132
If you stated that, then I wasn’t referring to you in my comment…I was referring to all the people saying what he did was illegal, she should sue, he should have figured out a way to accomodate her (without any solutions that didn’t cost HIM additional money)…i suggest you go back and read all 9 pages of comments to understand the context of my comment.
Post # 133
mcmeow : If you want the government to fund it, it would come from tax revenue. which means, my tax $ would go towards someone else’s paid maternity leave. No thanks.
Post # 134
italianbride0508 : do you know what tax reallocation is? This means instead of funding useless war, (we went to Iraq for no reason for example, or giving top corporations tax breaks) we use that money to help American citizens. It wouldn’t change anything in your salary, AND it would help the majority of us.
Its simply moving existing money around
Edit: also as I’ve mentioned, Americans seem completely fine with their tax dollars going to bombing Muslim children or weddings but not keeping our homeless people off the streets? Or helping new mothers? It makes no sense.
Post # 135
mcmeow : You mam hit the nail on the head. Standing ovation!!