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My SIL is currently 7 months pregnant. We are both excited because I am pregnant too and we can't wait to raise our children together (since we never had cousins of our own close in age).<br><br>
Her pregnancy has been pretty much drama-free, but she came down with bad diahrea (sp) and was dehydrated so her doc told her to stay home from work last week.<br><br>
Her boss (female) was furious. She called my SIL lazy and told her she was "acting like the only pregnant woman in the world." SIL was only following doc's orders. She is afraid she will be fired! She needs this job because she has health insurance through her employer. (She does the books for a car dealership.)<br><br>
Is there any legal recourse for her to take if she does get fired? There is no human resources department in the organization for her to turn to. Hiring an employment attorney is out of the question for financial reasons. Anyone have any ideas? I want to help her so much because it is not fair what is happening to her and I feel so guilty because my boss is awesome<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Well, #1, document! Did her boss leave a voice message or email? Even if it's just vocal, she should write it down and time-mark it so that if she does get fired she can show it was discriminatory.<br><br>
Did her boss know she was following doctor's orders? She should send her boss a written letter responding to her boss's allegations and enclose a copy of a doctor's note -- and keep a copy for herself.
 

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I agree with telling her to document it in as much detail as possible. Especially if there was anyone else around that may have heard her boss's comments. That was totally out of line and unprofessional.<br><br>
She might want to look into pro bono lawyers that may review the case for her and see if she has a chance of winning. Based on the story, it appears to be discrimination.
 

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I agree with the PPs and document. Pregnancy discrimination is illegal. If your cousin has been there at least a year, they can't fire her because she is pregnant. She has job protection (this is a federal law). Some states have even more protection for pregnant women than the federal law.
 
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