I got a job offer for a per firm position. I haven't informed them that I'm pregnant, will I get fired? Do I have to tell them I'm pregnant ?
California employment law starts with the doctrine that your employment is at-will, which means you may leave at any time and your employer may discharge you at any time with or without notice or cause. But, they cannot discharge you for an unlawful cause, such as discrimination based on pregnancy status - which is a protected class of worker, but which may also depend on the number of workers employed.
It would be best to invest and get a good valuable consultation with a good employment law attorney, who can review your facts with you.
At some point, yes, you should tell them you are pregnant. The employer should take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your unborn child, so they may inquire as to tasks you can and cannot do, and whether they can be done with an accommodation. The employer should also provide a leave of absence.
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I am sorry but I have never heard of a per firm position. Therefore it is not possible to give specific assistance. However, one thing is unquestionable: if you are an employee your employer cannot terminate you because you become pregnant or even if you were pregnant when you started working for the company and later told them about it. The only time you have to tell the employer of your condition is when you need to arrange for your pregnancy leave. However, it might be a good idea to do so far enough prior to the need for your leave that the employer can make arrangements to deal with your need for leave.
If you face any adverse employment action because you announce your pregnancy, or when you seek pregnancy leave, it would be wise for you to locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site in the Find a Lawyer section, or go to www.cela.org, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.
Most employment attorneys who practice this area of law work offer a free or low cost consultation in the beginning and then, if the matter has merit and value, will usually agree to work on a contingency basis, meaning you can hire an attorney without paying any money until the matter results in a positive outcome for you. Many advance all the costs of the litigation as well. Do not let fear of fees and costs keep you from finding a good attorney.
Good luck to you.
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