By AlphaKappa - 12/07/2018 19:00
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I actually need more information on this before I can really Judge. It is actually possible to wait too long to inform a company of such things. In the UK you are required to notify a minimum of 15 weeks before the due date as to when the baby is due and when you want to start maternity leave and they have 28 days to get back to you. If you were in the U.K. and waited till 14 weeks before the due date I can imagine it would trigger an investigation like that. In the U.S. it is a bit different and different companies have different rules about how maternity leave is handled, so it would also be entirely possible that the companies policy could state that you have to inform them "X amount of time before" and equally possible for the OP to have failed to follow that policy. I'm all for maternity/paternity leave but I definitely believe that you have to follow any and all rules laid out regarding since there is no requirement for the company to give you time off to have a baby since having a baby is generally a choice ,and yes even if you use birth control that failed, you still made the choice to have the sex that led to the baby in the first place, and not an unforeseen medical emergency.
It could still be America though because while Maternity leave is not legally enforced as a thing overall, if your company offers Maternity leave than they have to honor it as long as all the rules were followed and to not do so can lead your company into legal troubles.
Unfortunately, legally on paper, your boss while sleazy has every right to deny. Not everyone wants to take maternity leave, and companies do ask for large paid benefits for time off a large notice. If you're 35 weeks pregnant and you're just doing it now, They now only have between 3-7 weeks to find a long-term replacement for you. It totally sucks, but you should always look into this stuff early on.