I feel like I was extremely discriminated against despite my work ethic and forced out of a job simply because I was pregnant.

I had been working at a local grocery store as a department lead, and I had worked for this company a few years before at a different location. I knew that they didn’t have good rapport with maternity leave and giving hours to parents who had scheduling restrictions, so I refrained from telling my supervisors I was pregnant out of fear of being treated differently. I had done my job with the same level of skill and professionalism as always, and was even being rewarded for my hard work. When I was 5 months pregnant and started showing to the point of not being able to hide it, I told my supervisor and told him I would need to take a maternity leave. I was informed that I couldn’t take more than two weeks and I had to use my vacation time for it. I told him I was familiar with FMLA and that I would be fine taking the leave unpaid. Later that same week they came to me and said they were diffusing my department into another and there was no need for my position any longer and that if I wanted to stay on with the company I wouldn’t be allowed to work more than two days a week, 4 hour shifts each, and that I wouldn’t qualify for employee parking and would have to pay $12 a day to park. I am sure they were trying to push me out since they couldn’t legally fire me, so when I told my husband he said that I wasn’t even making enough at that point to justify the parking alone so I decided to put in my notice. The week I put in my notice they hired another person for the job I had (the position they told me they were getting rid of!). I feel like I was extremely discriminated against despite my work ethic and forced out of a job simply because I was pregnant.

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