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03 Apr 2006

Work vs Kids!!
I have been working for a company 3 years now. For the first year and a half i was so happy and enjoyed working here. Things started to change when i fell pregnant with my second child. You see my mom looked after my daughter and was there when she needed to go to doctors. Well, my mom started working again near the end of my pregnancy. The one day i had to take my daughter to the doctor and got to work 11:00am. I was called in and asked where do i see myself in the company and are my childern going to be a problem, and my work has gone down scince i'm pregnant.

Well I took a short maternity leave, and they phoned me to come back. I had not found a suitable daymother for my baby and had to take a week from work to find one ( this still being on maternity leave). I was called by my director and questioned yet again about my position in the company and my kids.

My son however has been a bit ill and was in hospital twice in one month. I still have leave due from last year and i put 2 says leave in march.

So far this year, i have had 2 of my 20 days leave, 2 family responsibility leave and 1 day sick leave. I was called in about not being at work because the other ladies can not cope when i am not there. When do i take leave, what do i do if me or my kids are sick, without feeling obligated to the company. I am not allowed to take a full leave only one day at a time, is this fair? What are my rights, because i am fed up with this place and their discrimination against my kids!!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hi Gizmo,
I think you need the advice of a good labour lawyer, and the Dept of Labour and CCMS --- I'm no expert i this field ( though I think some of our other regular readers may be ) but i woulds as though they are ignoring the regulations and requirements of fair treatment of woman workers during pregnancy and parenthood. Sounds to me as though they are being unreasonable. If the other ladies cannot cope when you are away so briefly, then they don't have enough ladies, or the other women are not capable enough anyway.
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