Pregnant in the Workplace: To Tell or Not To Tell… That Is the Question
Many female employees are unsure as to whether they should inform their employer about their pregnancy. They worry that they will be perceived as less capable and desirable employees and fear that they may be terminated during one of the most sensitive times of their lives. “What if I’m too sick to work?” “Will my job still be here if I take time off?” “Will my demands make me a less desirable employee?” These are all questions that often run through a pregnant working woman’s mind.
However, the reality is that a woman is probably better off informing her employer that she is pregnant. First, it is inevitable that an employer will find out that the employee is pregnant as the pregnancy will become visible. Secondly, if you inform your employer that you are pregnant and have difficulty in performing certain duties of your job, you may be entitled to certain protections, such as reasonable accommodations to your condition.
If you are concerned about pregnancy discrimination, this is yet another reason to put your employer on notice that you are pregnant as soon as possible. Employers who are sued for pregnancy discrimination may argue that they had no knowledge of the suing employee’s pregnancy. This is often grounds for dismissal of the discrimination claim. By notifying your employer of your pregnancy promptly, you can legally protect yourself.