Finding out you’re pregnant is so fraught with emotions and possibilities that it can be hugely overwhelming. It’s a time of joy and nervousness and a whole lot more questions than answers, especially when it comes to your place of employment and your status in the company or entity where you work. This might not be a huge deal if you’re friendly with your employer, or if your workplace is known to treat pregnant women well, but you might be hesitant if you’re unsure. Do you have to tell HR you’re pregnant?
Pregnancy isn’t something that’s easy to hide after a point, but according to FindLaw legal services, you’re not under any legal obligation to tell your employer you’re pregnant unless your occupation involves risk to your life and others, making your pregnancy a potential liability to your workplace. For instance, if you are a police officer, EMT, paramedic, firefighter, electrical engineer, nurse, or something else along those lines, you need to tell your employer as soon as you find out, because at some point, you might need to be placed on modified duty and they’ll need to cover your work.
This is also the case for students who work with hazardous materials in the course of their education. Your education and the discrimination laws, in this case, title IX laws, apply to you as they would employer/employee, so reasonable accommodations must be made, according to The National Women’s Law Center.
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