I sort of experienced similar when I told my boss I was pregnant with my first. They probably knew they couldn't sack me (a colleague told me they were terrified of being sued). It was also a husband/wife family run business. They transferred me out to the office at their TV/film studios in the Docklands here in Melbourne (wasn't in real estate at that time), where it was really dead quiet with nothing to do apart from answer the phones. I stuck with it, only because I was worried I would have trouble getting a new job being visibly pregnant and needed the money. It was a little bit soul destroying though, I felt like I was a burden to them but had little choice
If you were being trained for a specific role in a very small family business then I understand their frustration but it is what happens. Unfortunately I don't see a way out of this one because they will train you up in time for you to go on leave and realistically not everyone goes back to work after being on maternity leave so I do understand from their point of view that it would be a waste of their time. They should have an open conversation with you rather than ignoring you though.
If you were to find another job I would be careful of the particular role you are going for knowing you are pregnant but I wouldn't disclose the pregnancy at this stage.
Are they even obliged to offer you unpaid maternity leave since you will have only been at this workplace for such a short time? I don't know the ins and outs.
Don't listen to what others tell you. Make a time to sit down with your boss and say you are concerned that since you told her you were pregnant, things have changed.
Don't immediately fling words like discrimination about. Have a mature, adult discussion - face to face, with your boss about your concerns.
Best wishes for your pregnancy
The biggest problem I found working in real estate when I was pregnant is that most landlords and sellers didn't really want to employ you as their agent as it's obvious you won't be around in the next few months or more to actually do the job ( especially sales where campaigns begin and settle in a 3 month period) I lost most listings around the 6 month mark where I was obviously pregnant and couldn't commit to actually being there for auction/inspections then with a baby the hours are just not flexible if you did want to go back straight away as it's definitely not a 9-5 job
I would try not to stress too much and just sit down and talk to them , they obviously like you or they wouldn't have employed you so just try and tell them what your thinking ( you want to come back after baby and really want to stay and learn etc ) good staff is really hard to find in real estate so hopefully they will be thinking about the big picture and work around you
being a small business owner myself it is hard when staff are off as we can't just employ new people as training takes months/years and it's expensive so we just have to suck it up and do the extra work ourselves but that's just what you do when you run a small business
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