I started working for a cinema company (you know box office and candy bar) around 14 weeks ago. I was 22 weeks at the time of employment and didn't mention until I got my official letter (cause I didn't want to be discriminated against). But still told them when I was 24weeks, before the laws cut off. I spoke to my manager who was just as excited as his wife was due three weeks before me. He asked how long I planned to take off and I said 4 weeks (I only work 12 hours a week).
Last week I had some devastating news that my amniotic fluid is dangerously low and as soon as I hit 37 weeks I'm getting induced (to go along with my already very low placenta). So on Monday I'm getting induced. My manager isn't in until Saturday and tomorrow is my last shift before induction. My supervisor insisted I discuss the matter with her. Even though she scares the living daylights out of me.
I told her I was being induced and having a c-section on monday and needed to start maternity leave early. She said it's only one week leave thats fine. And I said actually not it was four (which she down right refuses to believe) and now I was thinking of taking a little longer since I need time to heal and I don't know how a premature four week old will go without his mom for eight hours at a time. She said how long are you after and I said 8 weeks, she's said 'fine, reapply next year'. (now I understand theres a rule that if you take more then six weeks off you loose your position. everyone is in either high school or uni, not me, but everyone else. In fact I'm the oldest employee. Even over my supervisors, my manager is the only person older than me. Everyone is casual and they have a huge staff turn over. In my 14 weeks, they have since hired twice more around 7 people at a time). But I'm assuming pregnancy is different? They can't legally fire me because I want maternity leave. She said because Christmas is a high demand they will have to hire someone to fill my position whom they can't just fire after 8 weeks. But they hire people that often and go through staff that quickly, I just don't see how she can prove that?
Are there any people with legal minds out there who can help. I know being there less than 12 months is not working on my side at all.