By mrsmahdi - 20/07/2015 14:29 - United States - San Francisco
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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
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That's incredibly stupid. I'm sure you'll find a better job in not time. Good luck with the baby. I'm sure you'll be an amazing mother.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
HR then court. You can't be fired for being pregnant as a teacher.
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.
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.
I'd I'm not mistaken, It's actually illegal for them to fire you just for being pregnant. they're required to grant you a maternity leave.