Jul 22 2009

A Special Project? Laid Off When 7 Months Pregnant

I had been working with this company for over 4 years and was 7.5 months pregnant with my second child. I was supposed to be at an off-site meeting that day but was called at home and told to come into the office because they had a special project for me to work on. I came in and searched for my director, who successfully avoided me for 2 hours. I checked with everyone to see if they could provide me details on this project, but no one had any idea. Finally my name was called over the intercom and as I waddled up the steps I passed the receptionist. By the look on her face I knew what was coming.

Of course I was devastated and scared as no one was going to hire a woman in my state. But after a few days I began to enjoy my time off. I now realize how blessed I was to have such a long maternity leave. I did find a new job when my child was 8 months old. It truly was a blessing in disguise.

My advice to those who have lost their jobs unexpectedly, is to relax, take a deep breath, then dive in and do what you need to do. You never know where your path may lead.

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