Working While Pregnant

My Employer Let Me Go During My Maternity Leave Without Even Telling Me: What Can I Do?

My Employer Let Me Go During My Maternity Leave Without Even Telling Me: What Can I Do?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her options after being let go by her employer while on maternity leave. This mom says her job was aware she was pregnant and due at a certain time. She ended up delivering a month early, at which point she called to inform her work and never heard back. She says that after a traumatic birth and not-insignificant stay at the hospital, she came home to find a letter stating her maternity leave was only 12 days long. She “assumed” this was incorrect, but when she contacted her company weeks later about returning, she was told she’d been “voluntarily terminated.” What can she do?

I Want to Formally Announce That I Am Pregnant to My Co-Workers, But It's Very Complicated: Advice?

I Want to Formally Announce That I Am Pregnant to My Co-Workers, But It’s Very Complicated: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about how best to announce her pregnancy to her co-workers and her company overall. She says this is a tricky situation for many reasons: One, she is currently laid off due to the pandemic, which complicates making any kind of announcement. Two, she says her co-workers are very judgemental and she is afraid they will talk nastily behind her back about the circumstances of her pregnancy. Third, one of her co-workers suffered a miscarriage in February, and this mom wants to be sensitive to her with the announcement.