Do I have any protection or some sort of job-loss prevention?

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    So far, in the last 6 weeks, I have left work about 4 times, due to my morning sickness just not letting up. I am constantly running to the bathroom at work, tired all the time, and nauseated to the point i don't even want to eat. I have to eat, so i force myself to, but it is hard.

    Anyway, this all counts against my attendance. I have been trying my best to work AT work, but I spend 75% of my time either willing myself not to run to the restroom again, nod off at my desk, etc. I am not getting much done. This is really hurting our area because we are 1 person short due to a promotion, so we are already behind. I am really no good to my co-workers, being there, but not really able to commit 100% of my efforts. But I can't keep missing work, either.

    I stayed home today because I was up all night-literally, also with a low-grade fever. This is VERY dangerous, as anything above 100deg, I have to get myself to the ER asap. Thankfully, it has gone down, with tylenol, rest, and liquids. My OB suspects food poisoning, as I have talked with her today. Baby should be fine, as it would only affect me, and as long as I made sure my fever didn't go past 100.

    I am wondering if anyone knows if I have any federal protection from being fired because I am pregnant, and morning sickness is a legitimate symptom? I tried looking the info up on the dept of labor site, but it doesn't give any specifics, and my boss has told me I should research this. Personally, I think she should know some of this, but whatever.
     
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    Check this out:

    http://www.wasb.org/employee/reviewarchive/2002/decisions5302.html

    You have a lot of option. There is something called the Family Medical Leave Act which gives you time off from work while guaranteeing you an equal/same position when you come back. But this is usually used after the baby is born.

    You can get your doctor to put you on medical leave...but remember, each state has their own laws also that governs this.
     
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    i don't know if i can get the doctor to put me on med leave, because the severity varies from day to day.

    I tried looking up FMLA info on our company website, but there was nothing.
     
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    FMLA is only for large companies, how many people work at your company?

    Almost every company would avoid firing any woman while pregnant for reasons that could be explained by the condition. The resultant lawsuit would be unimaginably fatal to many companies, especially those that are not very large.
     
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    Good Luck..

    http://www.doli.state.mn.us/termination.html
     
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    i work for progressive insurance, so i have no problem there.

    i can have 9 occurences in 12 revolving months before being fired. so far, today puts me at 8. one will fall off this friday, so it will then be 7. 4 of those were from the last 6 weeks, being too sick to continue.

    my mom told me to call my HR service center and ask what i can do. I am planning to call after i have lunch. i will let you know what I find out.
     
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    If you feel that you were terminated because of discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, national

    Pregnancy is a large part of sexaul discrimination lawsuits. Almost any company will avoid firing you because of illness related to pregnancy due to the high instance of losses in lawsuits in related cases.
     
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    i california you would be untouchable....you go out on materinty leave...burn up all your sick and vaction...then unpaid and we have to hold "a job" for you when you return....
     
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    i think it would be hard to prove they fired me solely on being pregnant. Then again, they tried to count me being absent one day because i was rear-ended by someone else, against my attendance-even though the absence was physically caused by someone else. Its not like I made a conscious decision to call in sick. It took me telling them i would get our HR rep in on this if they insisted on counting it, to get them to take it off. I told them they sound like they want me to come into work anyway, leaving the scene of the accident, possibly being injured. Like they care more about work being done than the well being of an employee and her unborn baby.

    I am actually going to be talking to HR about that issue as well, because I don't feel like I should have to justify my not being there by telling them personal medical info.
     
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    True, but she would have to prove it...
     

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