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been working full time in a bar since november and in march i found out i was pregnant and i told my employer straight away. since announcing i was pregnant i have rang in sick 3 times, all pregnancy related the latest being a bad back after standing for 8 hours while working in a kitchen. my manager wants a chat when i am next in on weds and i am worried i'll get sacked. any advice?

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pregnancy related illness cannot be used against you

 

Has your employer done a risk assessment on you and updated it regular since you notified them of your pregnancy

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I'm not sure a bad back is necessarily pregnancy related on its own. What does your doctor say?


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soft ligaments in my back due to pregnancy (extremely common i had it in my last pregnancy). no risk assessment done as far as i'm aware that might be what manager wants to discuss on weds i'm still worried that 3 sick days in 3 months doesn't look good and i'm going to get sacked.

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Any employer is on a sticky wicket where a pregnancy is concerned

 

I do not wish to jump the gun and imply what this meeting is about. They may be a decent employer concerned on your welfare and implementing risk assessments

 

More likely they are worried about paying maternity pay and will imply it is best you consider your future employment options. That is me being Mr cynical

 

Even though you have been working less than 2 years, maternity issues trump current employment legislation as discrimination can be seen to be an issue

 

Update on Wednesday when you have had this meeting, Above all, agree to nothing there and then until you have had time to consider all options

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If it is genuinely pregnancy related then it should be discounted for illness calculations.

 

I would suggest they refer you to occupational health so they can discuss adjustments to help you stay at work. If there is the slightest hint of a problem offer to see OH to have it validated that this is PG related, and get suggestions about what other work may be suitable.


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manager has already asked if i would like to be trained up in the admin area (stock take, rotas etc) and i said yes. my manager is a good bloke who likes me and has said he rather i didn't go on mat leave as i'm the best hes got but i'm a worrier so him saying he'd like have a discussion with me about my sicknesses has got me worried i could be sacked

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As it is a bar work employer, i very much doubt they will have an OH department to refer to

 

Just my opinion that is

 

They cannot sack you on pregnancy matters

 

They can offer an incentive (bribe) which you may accept if they wish, or a different job role as a reasonable adjustment

 

But this is all supposition, and based on information not yet available,

 

DO NOT START TO WORK YOURSELF UP ON WHAT MIGHT BE

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squaddie is right. try and relax!


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