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I am 20 years old, and I am 3 months pregnant with my first child. Everything is going great with the pregnancy, but it seems like my job is only getting more difficult. I work at a restaurant on 3rd shift doing the baking. I am not suppose to leave until all my work is finished. (this is key..) Before I was pregnant I only worked 3rd shift a couple days out of the week. On average it took me about 5-6 hours to finish my duties. I was often given kudos on my ability to finish so quickly.

 

When I found out I was pregnant I informed my boss, and requested a decrease in hours. Instead of doing something logical, like giving me an extra day off, she started scheduling me to leave earlier. Which makes no sense because regardless of how long I'm scheduled, I still have to stay until I'm finished. Basically, I have to do the same 6 hours worth of work in 2 hours less time. I'm still doing my duties in the same amount of time it has always taken me, regardless of the fact that I'm making constant trips to the bathroom and having to stop for a few minutes here and there to catch my breath.

 

About a week ago, they were cleaning the exhaust hoods in the kitchen. My immediate supervisor requested that I come in early so that I could finish up before the cleaners came in. I had everything most of the way done, and one of the managers was still there. They had already started cleaning the hoods by that point. During the process, they were spraying some rather strong and abrasive chemicals which my head and stomach didn't like one bit. I made a request to leave early, since the majority of my duties were done, and was quickly out the door leaving some pans in the sink(first time I'd ever left before finishing). The next day, my boss (the person over my super) had me written up for lack of productivity. She stated in it that I was once able to do my job in less than 5 hours, and that I cut out several parts of my daily routine, which I hadn't. Oddly enough, the time that my productivity had started to "slip," was roughly the time that I had informed them of my pregnancy.

 

I don't feel that they will fire me, but it's hard for me to work knowing that they don't think as highly of me as they did before, regardless of the fact that I'm still providing the same product I always did. I can't quit, because I am the only one employed between me and my fiance(he is unable to find a job with economy the way it is), and am struggling to make bills on 50 hour biweekly paychecks. I'm at a loss on what I should do.

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Hmmm, that sounds pretty suspicious to me. Like they are starting to document enough to get you fired and then claim it wasn't because you were pregnant but because you weren't doing the job anymore.

 

If I were you I'd consider consulting with an employment attorney and lay out what has been happening. I can recommend a good one if you are in the twin cities area.

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Document, Document, Document.

 

My first impression is that they are setting you up to fire you because you are pregnant.

 

However, if I am wrong (and I hope I am) you need to not worry about what they think of you and focus on doing the best you can during your pregnancy.

 

More importantly, have your OB/GYN write you a note about working with fumes and such. This is not health to your baby and you should never be exposed to those types of chemicals...

 

Finally, your b/f needs to go find a job, no matter what it is or how "beneath him" it might be. In 6 months (or sooner) you will be having a baby and he is going to have to support you and your baby.

 

Just my 2 cents...

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I'm just south of the twin cities, but my husband-type's car won't make it that far, and he doesn't like driving up there. She did mention that they were watching the cameras. Which if they were, they would know that I always do my work. I'll talk for a little bit, but no more than I ever did. Only way for them to prove I'm changing my habits is to compare videos, and with as much money as she makes, she's got better things to do than watch a 6 hour video of me doing my job.

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Document, Document, Document.

 

Finally, your b/f needs to go find a job, no matter what it is or how "beneath him" it might be. In 6 months (or sooner) you will be having a baby and he is going to have to support you and your baby.

 

 

He's applied everywhere he can. Even mcdonald's won't take him back. The one here is a big pain like that.

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Congrats on your first pregnancy. I know you are already going through a lot, being the only one employed in your relationship. To make matters worse, your employer is treating you differently, due to something that is supposed to be a happy time for you. It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. Do you have any support from your parents?

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yes. paying our own bills. my grandmother sends us some money once in a while, but it's not guaranteed money. he's been unemployed for going on 7 months. he's been trying his luck everywhere that will give him an application, and no one will hire him.

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Does he have anything in his background that would cause employers to turn him away?

 

You are still young and I imagine working as a baker isn't your dream job. Raising a child is alot of responsibility and requires most of your time for the first few years. Have you talked about what you are going to do?

 

You can't possibly live on just your income when the baby arrives. Your boyfriend is going to have to do something.

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Yes. by myself. It's not entirely his fault he's unemployed though. He's tried his luck at everywhere that will give him an application, and no one will hire him. Either because they can't fit it into their budget, or because he lacks qualification.

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oops lol. posted twice.. didn't notice it started a 2nd page.

 

i realize this, he realizes this. and it's slapped us in the face one time more than i care to admit. he walked out on wal mart because one of the managers was treating him unfairly, but other than that he's fit as a feather.. we're both looking for new jobs. the town just has so few available. none of them open to entry level that i've seen. and yea, i've thought about what i want to do, but i really don't possess the strive to work on school right now with a baby on the way. he's tried his luck at college and had his ass handed to him. now he has too many student loans taken out to get any more which makes it difficult for him to return to school.

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oops lol. posted twice.. didn't notice it started a 2nd page.

 

i realize this, he realizes this. and it's slapped us in the face one time more than i care to admit. he walked out on wal mart because one of the managers was treating him unfairly, but other than that he's fit as a feather.. we're both looking for new jobs. the town just has so few available. none of them open to entry level that i've seen. and yea, i've thought about what i want to do, but i really don't possess the strive to work on school right now with a baby on the way. he's tried his luck at college and had his ass handed to him. now he has too many student loans taken out to get any more which makes it difficult for him to return to school.

 

I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy. Hope everything works out for the best.

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