Is your supervisor holding your pregnancy against you?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Employment Law |

When you find out that you’re pregnant, you tell the owner at your company that you’re going to need to take maternity leave in the future. They’re very kind about it and tell you congratulations, and they authorize the leave.

However, when you tell your supervisor, they seem incredibly frustrated and angry. They count on you to do a lot of work every day, and you can tell that they have no idea how they’re going to get through when you’re not in the office. Even though your boss was nice about it and the company is technically honoring your rights, you’re worried that your supervisor is going to hold this against you. Could this still lead to illegal activity?

It may, if your supervisor acts on those feelings

It’s fine for your supervisor to be frustrated over their staffing issues. The problem comes when they take specific action because of how they feel.

For instance, maybe your supervisor starts giving you poor performance reviews so that you don’t get raises and promotions. Maybe they begin giving you worse hours when you come back to work as a means of retaliation. Perhaps they try to demote you so that they can put a different employee in your position.

All these things are problematic because you’re still being treated differently than the other employees based on the fact that you are or were pregnant. Discrimination can certainly happen even when you are given the maternity leave to which you are entitled. If you believe you’re being discriminated against, then you may need to know your legal options