Laid Off After a Long and Difficult Delivery

I worked full time until 2 days before I delivered our son despite a severe case of toxemia. My blood pressure was so high that my doctors were worried about a stroke and my kidneys were starting to fail. When I was finally admitted to the hospital my doctors tried desperatly to induce labor because my body was failing. After trying everything to get me to deliver normally my baby’s heart rate plumeted and I was rushed to the operating room for a C-section. I spent a total of 6 days in the hospital but we came home with a perfect, healthy baby boy. Thankfully, my husband was able to take 8 weeks of leave to help me recover.

I kept my employer updated on my status and how my baby was doing. They would call occasionally to ask me where things were or how to finish some of the projects I was working on. About 3 weeks into my unpaid maternity leave my boss (who is also one of the owners) called to tell me that I no longer had a job with their company. The sob story he gave me was that the company wasn’t as profitable as they were anticipating it to be in the new year and that he (my old boss) had to take a pay cut himself, to which I replied, “but you still have a job, right?” I also discovered some other evidence that lead me to turn them into the EEOC for discrimination. I’m over it now but 4 months later I’m still unemployed. It’s a jungle out there!

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