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Im 37 weeks pregnant , can my company terminate me because I don't qualify for FMLA?

Bronx, NY |

they knew ahead of time when I was 3 months that I wasn't going to qualify for FMLA if I left work prior to Sept 4th. They also paid me STD already once, so wouldn't that mean that they approved me for it?

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In NYC, the protections for pregnant workers are very strong. It will be a huge mistake for your company to let you go while you are out on short term disability (STD). If they do, consult the NYC Commission on Human Rights, or a lawyer.


You may still be due a reasonable accommodation for your pregnancy, I would suggest scheduling a free consultation with an experienced employment attorney immediately.

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While employers generally can fire employees who happen to be pregnant, they cannot fire you because you are pregnant. I would recommend you talk to an employment lawyer about the specific facts of your situation.

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