Can my employer legally let me go for missing time during pregnancy for doctor’s appointments and sickness?

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Can my employer legally let me go for missing time during pregnancy for doctor’s appointments and sickness?

I have been with the company for over a year. I filled FMLA a few weeks before missing my first dayof work. I was promoted to manager 1 month before getting pregnant. I know that they are trying to fire me because my boss has been telling my co-workers that she wants me gone.

Asked on April 24, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the employer takes action against you, speak with an employment law attorney--you may have a legal cause of action. The law makes it illegal to discriminate against or harass a woman in employment because she is pregnant. Also, if you and your employer are both covered by FMLA (e.g. you have worked  there at least one year; the employer has at least 50 employees) and you have complied with FMLA's rules and are properly using FMLA leave, you may not suffer retaliation for it. Therefore, there may be two distinct grounds under which you could take legal action if you suffer any adverse employment action.


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