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Possibly losing my job bc I'm pregnant

Posted by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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I'm a groomer and have been grooming for 10 years. I've been with company for 5 years, since they opened their doors. When I started I brought my clients, but they had around two dogs a week. Now, I'm booked constantly 2 weeks out, 4 around the holidays. My husband works there on Saturdays, more as a favor to me. I told my boss as soon as I found I was pregnant bc I had to stop grooming cats and crazy big dogs. They were fine with it, my husband took them over. Well 2 weeks at 21 weeks I went into preterm labor. My doctor put me on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy. Their goal for me is 28 weeks. I'm now 23 weeks. They don't think I'll go further. Well I was told everything would be fine, I'd have my job when I got back, I'm a great employee etc. They said they were going to try to get a temporary groomer just to take over while I was out. Yesterday, I received a letter in the mail stating that, they are not legally obligated to keep my job and are hiring a full time groomer. It also said they would try to still have a position open blah blah blah. Apparently, even though this chain has 10 places, bc there is not 50 employees in a 75 mike radius, they don't have to go by FMLA. I was so upset, crying my eyes out. I put 110% into my work. My clients are more my friends, and I truly love the dogs. I had no clue I would be treated this way. Is this even legal? For goodness sakes, my husband is still there trying to help while I'm gone! I was out a month last year, workers comp, I had hurt my shoulder and no one came in. They all waited. The poor temporary groomer was back down to 2 a week. So I'm sorry of this sounds bad but I hope it happens again. I've already had people call me to find out what's going on. Sorry I know its long but had to vent

Update: Just wanted to say thank you for the support! I can promise you the clients I brought will go where I go, as far as the rest of them, the ones from the last 5 years, that is up to them. I'm not sure what we will decide to do just yet. Lots of praying to do. I will not try to steal anyone but where they go is their choice. Apparantly my husband said he is booked until May, everyone is now asking for him. For the ones who said I should have looked into it before taking the job or getting pregnant, I was told we would never have a baby on our own.



Update: I know it has been a while but a lot has happened. I'm still pregnant :) my job recently hired another groomer and are terminating me june 11. My baby is due July 11. Today my boss and I talked and she said she wants me to reapply immediately when I can come back. Its a real 180. It really took me by surprise. Later today we found out we got aprroved to open a shop of our own! I am so excited and so scared. We have been praying for this for a long time. I love my clients and appreciate getting calls almost everyday. Thank you to everyone for suggesting opening something on our own. We should open the end of august. :) Don't know how to tell my job. Kinda nervous about it. Apparantly the new groomer has little to no grooms booked yet my husband is booked until the end of july with a waiting list a mile long. Please continue to pray for us. Its a scary thing to open a shop.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:51 AM
That's legal here but you can look into your state laws regarding employment termination.
kzuehlk
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Sorry you are going through that, but unfortunately yes, it is legal.

I was laid off two months ago. At the time I was about 32 weeks pregnant. I was having contractions one Friday and left my shift to go to L&D. I came back in the following week for my shift and they had already replaced me and had taken me off the schedule completely. They claimed I still had a position after I have my baby, but when I filed for unemployment they decided to fight it, stating that I am medically unable to work and something about negligance. I'm currently waiting on a decision from the appeal I filed.
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blessedbyGod141
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM
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Apparently, my fb posts got to HR. They called me earlier today saying it wasn't meant to upset me. Ok... I asked if I'm layed off technicallly speaking. She said no I'm more on an extended leave. So basically I can't get unemployment. I'm just heartbroken and I know I shouldn't take it personal, its a business. It's just I've worked so hard for them and this is how I get treated. I haven't done anything wrong. It's not what I need right now.
blessedbyGod141
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:58 AM
I'm sorry. It's not fair, we can't get unemployment. We are not quitting, they are stopping us from working. There should be laws to protect us.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM
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Quoting blessedbyGod141:

I'm sorry. It's not fair, we can't get unemployment. We are not quitting, they are stopping us from working. There should be laws to protect us.

They are not stopping you from working, you are on bed rest, that is what is stopping you. Unfortunately, they have to replace you or would you prefer that they just closed while you are gone? They sent out the standard letter sounds like. Where I have worked when it came to FMLA they even clearly stated that they would hold a place of employment for me, but that it might be a different position. Perfectly legal. Doesn't sound like you are losing a job to me. Also, why couldn't you groom cats? lol

ETA: For those that just read my comment and want to reply about toxoplasmosis as a response about my questioning why she couldn't groom cats, I comment about toxoplasmosis on page 2 (with some info). As someone who has been around and owned cats (including owning 3 when I was pregnant with my first child), I do in fact know about toxoplasmosis. My question stands. lol 

blessedbyGod141
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM
I know I'm on bed rest, and like I had said I completely understand getting someone to fill in, its a business. That's what they did last year. My problem is they had told me something completely different when this first happened. They are not guaranteeing anything when I get back bc they don't have to play by FMLA' s rules. I think if your a good employee, you should have some security. I can't do cats bc my doctor said a scratch or a bite is dangerous.
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by Gold Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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I do not see anything about a 75 mile radius and have never heard that.  I have used FMLA before.  They don't have to actually hold the exact same job for you, but they have to hold an equivalent job with equivalent pay.

FMLA FAQ'S

Coverage

(Q) What types of businesses/employers does the FMLA apply to?

The FMLA applies to all:

  • public agencies, including local, State, and Federal employers, and local education agencies (schools); and
  • private sector employers who employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year – including joint employers and successors of covered employers.
Elle.tea.22
by Ruby Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM
My cousin got scratched by my cat while pregnant and they didn't even know where to start with the infection she got :-/ they induced her at 7.5 months.

Quoting Anonymous:


Quoting blessedbyGod141:

I'm sorry. It's not fair, we can't get unemployment. We are not quitting, they are stopping us from working. There should be laws to protect us.

They are not stopping you from working, you are on bed rest, that is what is stopping you. Unfortunately, they have to replace you or would you prefer that they just closed while you are gone? They sent out the standard letter sounds like. Where I have worked when it came to FMLA they even clearly stated that they would hold a place of employment for me, but that it might be a different position. Perfectly legal. Doesn't sound like you are losing a job to me. Also, why couldn't you groom cats? lol

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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the family medical leave act protects your job...remind your employer of it

blessedbyGod141
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:25 AM
That's what the lady from HR told me. I'll look it up. Maybe it varies from state to state : (
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