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Pregnancy discrimination??

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by Sonia23, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Sonia23

    Sonia23 New commenter

    Hi there
    Just looking for some advice and wise words about my situation.

    I'm currently in my final trimester. Unfortunately I have had a challenging pregnancy where I have been off work with pregnancy related issues. Oct- Jan (Hyperemesis). From Jan - April I have been in and out if school. I've got SPD and have had bleeding. When I have been off I have always provided a sick note.

    In January I was called into an absence trigger meeting- I have just realised that they have added my days off to my pregnancy to my absence record- I thought pregnancy related absence has to be noted separately?
    My head also said that my absence will be monitored against the absence policy- I have e-mailed HR for a copy of the absence policy relating to pregnancy (If there is one)

    I spoke to HR this morning and they told me that I have an absence meeting next Wednesday due to me being absent over the last term. I suppose what I want to know is my head teacher allowed to have absence trigger meetings with me when I have been off with pregnancy related issues?

    My husband thinks they will want to meet with me about bringing my mat leave forward...

    I would appreciate any thoughts

    Thank you
  2. sunshineonarainyday

    sunshineonarainyday New commenter


    I really hope you're okay. Pregnancy and work are tough enough, without feeling as terrible as you have during your pregnancy and then having to deal with the problems you have shared.

    I'm afraid I don't feel qualified to give advice here, but it might be a good idea to re-post this in the Workplace Dilemmas forum as there are some posters there who know quite a lot about this kind of thing.

    Have you contacted your union?

    I hope you're doing okay. Look after yourself and your baby, you both matter more than anything else.
  3. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    I'm pretty sure it must be recorded separately-but I've been out of schools for a while-please will one of the experts advise her?
    I know that at my husband's company (not teaching), they record all sickness note absence separately, so people genuinely ill with a long term-condition are judged in the same way as Lazy who takes every Monday off.
    Stress in pregnancy is not good, and it seems like you're being affected.
    This makes me so angry. Wish I could help you.
  4. Sonia23

    Sonia23 New commenter

    Thank you for your responses. I will get in touch with my union today and I will repost again in workplace dilemmas.

    Thanks again for your kind words
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Congratulations on the happy event coming soon. How lovely for you!

    Not yet! This only applies in the last four weeks before the expected date. N.B. Your maternity leave and pay will start on the day after the first day of absence from work for pregnancy-related illness in the last 4 weeks - so you get one day's grace.

    @Piranha has given an excellent link. I suggest that you contact HR again with that link, and ask for the meeting to be cancelled. You may wish to include some wording such as:

    I feel that the manner in which the school is treating this pregnancy-related absence, by including it in Absence Management procedures, is not only direct discrimination but also liable to cause a decline in my health from the stress caused directly by this action.

    I therefore request that this meeting, which is inappropriate since my absence record for non-pregnancy-related absence cannot justify it, is cancelled forthwith.

    Look after yourself and that baby! The Duchess of Cambridge didn't have to put up with this, and neither do you!

    Best wishes

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2016
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  6. TroubledTeacher1

    TroubledTeacher1 New commenter


    How did this work out for you in the end? I've had to have a week then 6 weeks and now intermittent days off due to pregnancy related illness myself. I'm due off on mat leave in January and although I've not had any emails from HR yet, I am likely going to have to take a few days more off (again pregnancy related issue) and I am really worried about this same issue. Not helpful when you're ill!!!!!
  7. TroubledTeacher1

    TroubledTeacher1 New commenter

  8. SammyBear2016

    SammyBear2016 Occasional commenter

    Please don't worry about the time off you are having. Pregnancy is different for everyone and your priority must be that of you and your baby. Absence due to pregnancy related illness is recorded differently and should not affect your attendance percentage. I don't know how many weeks you will be when you plan to start your maternity leave but if it is after 36 weeks, if you have any time off with a pregnancy related illness (not any necessary appointments) from the day you turn 36 weeks this will trigger your maternity leave to start immediately.
  9. skellig1182

    skellig1182 Senior commenter


    So strange but reading this, I had to check the username wasn’t mine! This was me last December. I also had HG and also bleeding and stuff. I was in hospital for monitoring a lot in the last trimester too so was signed off a lot.

    I have a beautiful baby girl who is 6 months old now so firstly, can I just say that bleeding can happen and baby and pregnancy be absolutely fine. That is the most important thing.

    Secondly, no they can’t record you pregnancy related absence or disclose this to new jobs. Get your union involved. If you also look at Union website you should find stuff on maternity rights. Email it to your head and hr. I had to point everything out like my school were thick honestly! xx

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