So how many of you shop at The Children's Place? It's a national chain that I shopped with for years. I starting working there last year as an Assistant Manager. When I was interviewed I told them I was pregnant and would need to take at least 3-6 weeks off for maternity leave. They stated it would not be a problem and offered me the position. A month before I was due, the District manager contacted me and stated that I was not there long enough to take a maternity leave. So I needed to set a date to resign or I could take 2 weeks and no longer. (Even though I had 19 days of vacation) I had my son March 4th. When I could not be medically released after 2 weeks, they terminated my employment. What is your take on this? I have been so overwhelmed by the situation! We have lost our home because I could not find another job right away. Its been one thing after another. I don't know what to do!
An added tid bit! Montana Law states that regardless the length of time an employee has been employed, maternity leave has to be granted for a reasonable amount of time. Reasonable is defined as the amount of time your doctor states you cannot work. The exact law states as follows;
49-2-310. Maternity leave -- unlawful acts of employers. It shall be unlawful for an employer or his agent to:
(1) terminate a woman's employment because of her pregnancy;
(2) refuse to grant to the employee a reasonable leave of absence for such pregnancy;
(3) deny to the employee who is disabled as a result of pregnancy any compensation to which she is entitled as a result of the accumulation of disability or leave benefits accrued pursuant to plans maintained by her employer, provided that the employer may require disability as a result of pregnancy to be verified by medical certification that the employee is not able to perform her employment duties; or
(4) require that an employee take a mandatory maternity leave for an unreasonable length of time.
History: En. 41-2602 by Sec. 2, Ch. 320, L. 1975; R.C.M. 1947, 41-2602(1); amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 285, L. 1983; MCA 1981, ; redes. by Sec. 2, Ch. 285, L. 1983.