I f you are searching for a job, the first thing to know is that the potential employer is not legally entitled to ask you about your marital status and whether you are pregnant or planning a family. If they do so, it is considered to be discrimination and you are entitled to taking legal action. However, if you are pregnant while searching for a job, it is still recommended to inform the potential employer for several reasons.
First, the honesty is appreciated. Second, if you get the job, at some point it is certainly going to become obvious that you are pregnant, and if you hid this information during the job interview, it may be very harmful for your reputation with the employer and hinder your mutual relationship, as well as the respect they have for you. All this can potentially lead to a number of problems at work, which can be much larger than not getting the job because you are pregnant.
When they get pregnant, many women are unaware of their rights as employees of a company, and their rights are actually numerous. The basic rights every pregnant employee has are the right to have a paid time-off for prenatal care, the right to a paid maternity leave, the right to maternity pay benefits and the right to be protected against unfair job dismissal. Employers are also legally bound to ensure that the environment is safe and secure for a pregnant employee. If it happens that employers do not respect your rights, I suggest you visiting www.lenderliabilitylawyer.com where you will find help and solution for your problem.
In order to be able to practice all the rights given to you as a pregnant employee, it is necessary that you notify your employer that you are pregnant. This should be done in person, but it can also be supported in writing. It needs to be done at least fifteen weeks before the week when the baby is due, but in cases when you are unaware of the pregnancy, you should inform the employer as soon as you find out. You are also required to state the date when you want your maternity leave to begin. All of this helps the employer plan further activities of the company and distribute the duties while you are on maternity leave.
All pregnant employees are also entitled to a paid time-off for attending prenatal doctor appointments and prenatal courses, as long as the time they take off work for these activities is reasonable. The “reasonable” amount of time is difficult to define in general, but it should be in the employment contract, or you can agree on the amount of time with the employer. The employer is entitled to ask for evidence that you have attended prenatal appointments from the second appointment onward, because it is not rare that the paid time-off for these activities is misused.
In some countries, fathers are also entitled to certain benefits while expecting a baby. These rights include accompanying their partner to prenatal doctor’s appointments during pregnancy and taking a paternity leave. Paternity leave may be six to twelve years long, depending o a country, and it is a paid leave, like the maternity leave.