Lay-offs and pregnancy

I'm pregnant and I'm going on maternity
leave on April 27 and I will be on leave
for 5 months (my supervisor has agreed
to this). We will have lay-offs
next week. Can I be laid-off? Our
maternity policy says that they will pay
me for 28 days during my leave, the rest
of my leave will be un-paid. I've been
with the company for 4 years and for
three of those years I was an executive.
My department is small and I'm the only
one having the position I'm having.
Can they really lay me off?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 27, 2001 3:45 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Anthony Sperber
Lay off during pregnancy


They cannot lay you off BECAUSE you are taking maternity leave, as that would be discriminatory and violate state and federal law.

However, being on maternity leave does not insulate you from the same risks as other employees. The question is: if you are laid off, WHY were YOU chosen? Because you were on leave?

posted by Anthony Sperber  |  Mar 31, 2001 01:20 AM [EST]

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