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    Default Working whilst pregnant - temping agencies?

    Well I think we jumped the gun a bit with falling pregnant as it only took a couple of months without really trying compared to the 6 months we were told it would take by my specialist. We are still completely happy to have a baby on the way, it just means a bit of job juggling.

    I've only been with my current employer for 3 months & won't finish my probation prior to my pregnancy being noticed (6 months). Long story short, once they know about my pregnancy they won't keep me on & a magical reason will appear about why I'm not suited for the position beyond my probation.

    My question is that I'm still capable & willing to work up until baby is due. Has anybody been through a temping agency whilst pregnant & did they see it as a negative thing? Should I be honest about temping due to being pregnant or is it none of their business?

    Any advice would be great because I don't think I could sit at home for months on end before the baby is here without going stir crazy.

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    I'd just tell them that your only looking for working short term. Legally u don't have to tell an employer till 30 wks.

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    I haven't been but I'm interested in the answer to this one. Good luck hopefully your employer will keep you on until the birth....

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    I was fired for being pregnant at around the 20 week mark. I found a temp agency and they were great! I had two different roles in that time and both employers were very understanding....both wanted me back after bub was born! They were very flexible with my appointments and everything. I was honest from the get-go and it ended up working in my favour Goodluck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummybynature View Post
    I was fired for being pregnant at around the 20 week mark. I found a temp agency and they were great! I had two different roles in that time and both employers were very understanding....both wanted me back after bub was born! They were very flexible with my appointments and everything. I was honest from the get-go and it ended up working in my favour Goodluck!

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    I can't believe they were mean enough to fire you! I will admit this is my biggest fear when I go back in the new year. My DH actually mentioned looking into temping agencies then resigning once we were set up because we can't afford having a big gap in our income right now & I think I will be let go once I say anything too.

    You have given me hope so let's see what happens! Will keep you posted with how it all goes.

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    I interviewed with a few temp places before going back to my old job. That were all wonderful but I was open and honest about the pregnancy. The only reason I'm not currently temping is that my old job asked me to come back.

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    I was in a situation with my first where I resigned for my job to 'de-stress' and fell pregnant! So I temped with a few different places before my due date. It was great because I could be flexible with the assignments I got. I ended up back at the same company afterwards too!! I was honest about the pregnancy, it's illegal for any employer to fire you because you are pregnant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummybynature View Post
    I was fired for being pregnant at around the 20 week mark. I found a temp agency and they were great! I had two different roles in that time and both employers were very understanding....both wanted me back after bub was born! They were very flexible with my appointments and everything. I was honest from the get-go and it ended up working in my favour Goodluck!

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    If this is true, you should lodge a complaint. I'm assuming they didn't actually say they were letting you go because you were pregnant (they would have to be pretty dumb to do that!) but do you have any evidence? What was the reason they gave? If you make a compliant then the onus is on the employer to prove they didn't do it anyway, not on you to prove they did.

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    They were sooo stupid, even citing that I was unfit for work on my separation certificate. This was over three years ago now and I certainly did take it further and hit the owner where it hurt him the most...his wallet! It was to prevent them from thinking it was okay!

    At the first hearing, the judge actually sent me and my representation out of the room so he could give him a massive talking to. The owner actually had a law degree too!

    It's very sad that it still happens these days!

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    I have been told by another staff member that my boss "doesn't do maternity leave" I have told her that by law if somebody has been employed for over 12 months then he has to "do maternity leave". I know I am hanging on by a thread because its only a matter of time until they can tell from my belly but to be honest I'm comfortable at the moment and don't want to be rushed out of my job whilst I still can be here. Once the cat is out of the bag I know I will get told that I don’tfit into the culture, my skills are not enough for the role etc. I have thepotential to work during February up until the end of May but my husband and Iwill reassess this once we see how things play out.


 

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