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FML - The follow-up

Today, I was fired from my dream job for being pregnant. Apparently, you can't teach children while growing one inside you. FML

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They fired me in a clever way by telling me they didn't have anything for me to teach and that me going on maternity leave was too hard on the students I had so someone else was doing my classes. So I was not officially fired so much as pushed out and replaced
By mrsmahdi / Monday 20 July 2015 14:29 / United States - San Francisco
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  trollcrusher  |  17

I can't imagine that they have the legal right to fire you for that, unless you were employed under some really unusual agreement. Try reading over your employment contract and finding some sort of damning statement, showing that you were guaranteed maternity leave (I would reasonably assume that you were, or this wouldn't be much of an FML). Hopefully you could arrange for some sort of compensation for what they've done. All that aside, congratulations on your baby!

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  leogachi  |  15

@75 There doesn't need to be a maternity agreement in an employee contract. Maternity leave is a right granted by federal law.

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  trollcrusher  |  17

@93 Thank you, I was pretty sure that was the case, but after hearing this, I wasn't very sure at all. But if they blatantly broke the law and caused needless financial hardship for OP, I certainly hope justice finds them.

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Actually, most private/religious schools have the right to fire pregnant women if they are unmarried because it goes against their fundamental beliefs. I don't agree with this reasoning but it's the only legal way I can see this happening

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  okokalright  |  15

I agree, this is definitely illegal. You know how many teachers i have had (or have seen around school) growing up that were pregnant? Quite a lot. And they were never fired. I have seen teachers that seemed to be 6-7 months pregnant and they would just take up to a year off while a sub covered them. And it never harmed their job

By  32RH  |  10

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By  nesteremily  |  31

You can likely sue for that. Unless you aren't married, then that could be a valid reason as they want a "good influence" teaching their children. Some teachers contracts actually have a section that says they will be terminated if they get pregnant and aren't married. Good luck OP!

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  MrConcise  |  34

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  MrConcise  |  34

Private schools can and should be able to. Public schools cannot. However, just the idea that anybody can be fired for a pregnancy shows the intolerance of surrogate mothers, couples who don't believe in the idea of marriage, and parents who choose to break away from irresponsible partners for the sake of their children. Ludicrous and insane that people still take religion over logic.

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  nesteremily  |  31

Ah, I didn't see the Mrs. In that case yes definitely illegal. And public schools can terminate employment if it says in your contract. My mother was a teacher and it was in hers

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  MrConcise  |  34

That's an illegal contract, IIRC. Plenty of contracts have illegal clauses that go unnoticed because it scares the people who sign them into thinking the employer is justified in doing what they write into it.

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  kirasant  |  19

Religious schools will also fire pregnant women if they got pregnant through in-vitro. (Cus Jesus wanted people that broke the rules to be thrown out. All those parts of the bible that showed him doing the opposite doesn't count.) *sigh* Some religious people would be a lot easier to deal with if they read the book.

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  jude_iscariot  |  7

Not at a public school. At a public school, she'd still be fine in suing. At a private school, yeah, they might be able to claim she's a bad influence and it's immoral or something dumb like that.

By  gassymomma  |  4

I had this happen to a friend. She was at a Catholic school and engaged, but they forced her out because it was out of wedlock. I hope you can find a new job that you love even more.

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  MandieL  |  27

So I wonder what happens when a teacher at that school gets divorced. I guess if it is written in their contract then whatever, but otherwise it is illegal to fire someone based on race, age, sexual orientation, marriage status. It's discrimination, clean and clear.

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  MandieL  |  27

If abortion isn't illegal then it's none of the schools business of someone gets one or not. How could they prove it happened? And unless it is in their contract, they wouldn't be able to fire hem for it.

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  MandieL  |  27

Only 12 weeks mat leave, but by the sounds of it, OP is pregnant so firing her for being pregnant is illegal, she can be let go if she does not return from her mat leave but that's it.

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  IAmzephyr  |  22

you are correct unless your contract says otherwise, or sometimes they're real slick and find a stupid unrelated reason that technically justifies termination

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