My background is Human Resources. I have a BSBA in HR. I worked as the VP of HR for 4 years and am very well versed in FMLA, Pregnancy Leave Act, and Title VII. I am seeking a second degree in Nursing so that is why I'm on this board. Anyway, the Pregnancy Leave Act is under the Umbrella of Title VII (as are most HR laws) and I am telling you they CAN NOT FIRE YOU BECAUSE YOUR PREGNANT NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU'VE WORKED FOR THE COMPANY. This hospital presumably has more than 15 employees (the magic number in the world of HR) altho I think FMLA is 100 but I will have to look that up. Anyway, it doesn't matter if you worked for them for 1 year or 1 week. It is illegal for them to fire you because you are pregnant. Now, they do not have to pay you for your leave IF you haven't been there for a year or have any accumulated sick leave. If you have been there a year, it's 12 weeks unpaid (or sick leave pay) leave but your benefits remain intact. They are not required to use your vacation pay either altho most employers will since upon termination of your employment they are required to pay you the balance of this benefit. This makes me so mad because it's why I left HR. :angryfire They get a bad wrap because of departments like this who don't take the time to support their employees. Good, Bad, or indifferent, supporting your employees is important because it comes back to you two-fold in the way of profits and loyalty. AAAHHH!!!
We had an employee who was fired because she did not want to go to a Liquor store to recruit new employees (this was a "land of second chances" type company) mainly because her husband, the sherrif, had been at this particular location investigating a homicide but really because she was pregnant with twins. I about had heart failure when I found out her sup. fired her. Needless to say, she will never HAVE to work again and this was not a company with the means to support her for the rest of her life. The sup. got fired, the department overhauled and lots of boring HR training to the employees.
Employers perk up when you start going legal on them. They don't want the bad press and pregancy discrimination is bad, especially for a hospital. I'm not saying sue, unless it's your last resort, but do your homework on these laws (any HR website will have the info you need) and go into the HR department and file a formal grievance. This is your documentation to the events. And that is another thing, write down exactly what was told to you by your sup. or the HR person. If an HR person told you this, I apologize for the entire profession. Clearly, whoever told you this is uninformed or misinformed. Either way, putting the hospital in a potentially litigious situation is not something any HR department worth their salt is looking to do. They are there to protect the employees right as well as the employers bottom line.
Okay, I'm off my soap box now. Hope this helps. Keep me posted please because stuff like this sends me off the deep end and I want to know how it ends.