I have a question. I had a baby in November, and now I realize my manager hired me when I was 23 weeks along (or so) and so that was nice that she even took that risk, but I wonder about something. I was asking her, long about September or so how long I get for maternity leave. She paused, and said that I was federally protected for up to 12 weeks but "from a business standpoint and a managerial standpoint, I have to be honest, taking that much time will make it really difficult for staffing". She basically told me she did not want me to take the full 12 weeks. I was allowed 8 weeks because I had a cesarean delivery, I elected to take 10 weeks. Co-workers who were present for that interaction said she had no business telling me how long to take. Even one of the doctors said "screw that- take the 12 weeks!"
I go back in about 3 weeks. Right now, despite this being our third child I don't feel ready to go back- oh physically I'm ok, I'm feeling ok in that respect but emotionally and mentally I don't feel good about going back yet. There are a few specific reasons- hours for instance and I don't know...
My OB said she could write a letter saying I'm not cleared yet and I should go ahead and take those 2 extra weeks. Financially we're hurting, my husband's job isn't terribly well paying and is pretty much a blue-collar grunt work job. That's one reason I'm hesitant to take the two extra weeks but the other reason is that I'm scared that if I do take them, I'll be sacked. Oh I know she can't can me for taking time that I'm federally protected under but I'm not dumb, she could always find another reason. Again I realize that likely her hands are tied by higher ups and their "business" viewpoint, and it was good of her to have me to begin with. But I wonder if she has the authority to dictate to me how long I can take.