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harassment from general manager

About 3 months ago, I found out that I am expecting my first child. I’ve been working with my employer almost 3 years now. I told them that I will be resigning when it gets closer to my due date and will come back to continue my employment after I give birth. However, since I told my employer that I’ll be resigning, I have been pulled into the office multiple times to be told that I’m not doing my job correctly and I’ve been getting written up. I have had more discussions with my bosses now more than I ever had in the 3 years that I’ve been there. Today, my general manager told me that she doesn’t want me there and if it were up to her, I’d be gone and the only reason I’ have my job is because my daily manager doesnt want to lose me. I had to go back in tears feeling a panic attack and finish my shift. These last 2 weeks of work have been nothing but hard for me and now I don’t even want to continue my employment if they are going to disrespect me. I feel discriminated against for being pregnant since. This is only happening all of a sudden. I never been written up or been talked down before. I’ve noticed when someone has a medical problem, whether it’s illness or pregnancy, my employer will harass them as well. What are my options so I don’t lose my job? What can I do to stop my work environment from being hostile anymore?

Asked on April 24, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The law prohibits discriminating against--which includes harassing--a woman due to pregnancy. Because only women become pregnant, harassment due to pregnancy is considered anti-woman harassment or discrimination, and sex-based discrimination or harassment is barred by law. Contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state's equal/civil rights agency about the situation and to file a complaint: they may be able to help you (e.g. prevent the harassment or termination, or possibly get you monetary compensation).


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