I work in an assisted living facility in CT in the kitchen as a chef. Last year, our air conditioning unit broke down and I worked last summer without AC; some days it reached 120 degrees in the kitchen. I experienced headaches, nausea and fatigue caused by dehydration. The maintenance crew has refused to fix the air conditioning because it is "too expensive." This summer, I will be 9 months pregnant, working in the kitchen at unsafe temperatures. Keeping in mind, this is not a typical restaurant; this is an assisted living facility where I am considered an essential healthcare employee. I am concerned for my safety and the safety of my unborn baby. I've contacted OSHA who informed me there is no regulation on a specific temperature for safety. I'm not sure what else to do.
Unfortunately, being pregnant gives you no more protection than any other employee. It simply means your employer can't treat you worse than non-pregnant employees. Your only real option here is to leave and find a more ethical employer.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, so if you're in another state, I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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