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February 15th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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I have this really stressful work dilemma.....I work in a call center for a very popular cable company and I am pretty much next in line for a promotion. The problem is, I dont know when exactly that is going to happen, so I have to keep my pregnancy a secret for as long as possible -- I know they wont promote me if they know Im going to be out on leave soon. They wont admit to that of course but- realistically....

The worst part is, this is a really rough job to be pregnant with. I am pretty much tethered to my desk all day. I can't just get up to pee whenever I want.

Anyone else have a job that sucks in pregnancy?
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February 15th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Yep...I'm a police dispatcher! Also applying for a promotion. Very stressful job, and a big ole rumor mill to boot. Definitely keeping this quiet until I am ready for EVERYBODY to know. My boss in particular has a tendency to gossip.

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February 15th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Yep. There's currently only a half dozen of us. I can pee whenever, but when anyone misses time it's noticeable because we really don't have much redundancy in job responsibilities. We're looking for more help now, but I don't want to say anything until I have a plan to offer. Without hiring someone I don't see how they can go without me for an extended time. We're not even supposed to schedule 2 weeks of consecutive vacation, so I'm a bit worried. I'm great at my job, but still worried.

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February 15th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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No, I have the perfect job for pregnancy but I am so sick I can't barely do anything. I don't know how I will survive the next six weeks I was never this sick with my daughters.

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February 15th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Yea, I am normally really excited about my job and everything but it doesn't seem to go well with pregnancy lol
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February 15th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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I am nevous about being able to keep my job. I teach at a very small school and I just started there last September. I really love my job and want to keep it, but I am petrified about having to tell them. I may potentially not have a job next year once they find out

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February 15th, 2013, 07:29 PM
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I am almost in the SAME position as you, I work in a call center too. I work for Fedex it was hard with having to use the bathroom they like freaked out. My midwife ended up having to write me a note saying that I had to drink more water n use the restroom. Says that I am required to have a break every five minutes to use the restroom they FREAKED out
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February 16th, 2013, 07:34 AM
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I work at the airport here!!! on my feet all the time, we arent allowed to sit when checking passengers in, so i never get a break!! and on top of that im constantly running to the washroom to pee or ALMOST puke (feeling is there just not producing it!)
so I know all about that!!! plus I too am on the edge of a promotion, I worked at this other similar contracted company that dealt with the US carriers and when my last job expired and the layed us off, only to have the option to return in a month i declined.. and then eventually they stopped all service. then this other contracted company picked up the US contracts for the airlines and then in Jan i started with the new company..... and now because I have the most experience with that particular airline, Im to be promoted Lead Agent, get a raise, and take a step back from the other agents... BUT cant tell them im preg until I get that promotion!!!! So I know your feelings!

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February 16th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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Ugh isn't this sad that even in this day and age we women are all worried about our jobs and having to tell work we are pregnant etc. It really sucks for women!! My job is ok...but I am barely managing to get through each day. All I want to do is lay around in bed all day I told my boss, and she seemed all supportive. But then when I decided to work from home the other day due to nausea and a bad cold, she was all like' why don't you take the day off' . I am a consultant and I don't get paid time off! I am losing so much money for every day that I can't work. Plus I know I have to take extended time off after the baby comes and I am not going to have any pay then. Oh well, at least she is ok with me taking all this time off
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February 18th, 2013, 11:41 AM
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I have no words to help, but just want to say i hope things will be easier somehow for you.

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February 19th, 2013, 10:40 AM
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This is a really unfortunate thread! We shouldn't have to worry like this. I have a great job - thank God! While preg with my 1st daughter my job was miserable and they wanted me to take less than a month after she was born. Once I returned to work, I lasted another 6 months. The job after that was just as bad. Had to be on call 24/7 no matter what. Bring daughter to work when she was sick...put her in an office. Just crazy. But today...my job is awesome and I am so thankful for that.
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February 19th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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I am so sorry so many of you are having to deal with difficult work situations. My work is so helpful, from the day I found out I was pregnant, I told them and they have been super concerned that I am getting the help I need and resting when I need to. They let me have time off when I need it and let my son come to work with me when he doesn't have school. I definitely count my blessings at work for sure.

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February 19th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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I have no advice as my job and employer is amazing and very family orientated.

I hope for all the ladies in tough situation with their jobs and bosses that it will it will work out in a good way. Hugs.
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February 19th, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by sugarmomma3 View Post
I am nevous about being able to keep my job. I teach at a very small school and I just started there last September. I really love my job and want to keep it, but I am petrified about having to tell them. I may potentially not have a job next year once they find out
I would expect that as a teacher, you would be in a union that would protect your rights. Being pregnant is a protected class and so you're not supposed to be able to let people go for it.

I work at a school, and while they are super awesome and would never be a problem, if I needed to, I could fall back on the union to protect my job.
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February 19th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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That sucks!! I'm a SAHM now, but I work 1day per week. I was working during my first pregnancy but they were very supportive.

Also here in Canada, they must by law keep your job for you to go back to after your maternity leave, as long as you have worked there for a year (and we get 12 months paid maternity leave through our unemployment program).

Do they not have similar job protection laws in the USA?

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February 19th, 2013, 11:31 AM
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They have the same type of law in the US, but I know that for me, I am an independent contractor and Part time, so the law does not apply. I believe it only applies to full time workers that have been with a company for over a year. It sucks!
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February 19th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Awwww I feel for you. I sit at a desk all day too but have more flexibility to get up and move around.

Hope you get your promotion!

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February 19th, 2013, 12:01 PM
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This post makes me thankful for being my own boss.

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