Article: 5 Workplace Rights That Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know

Many women don't know the full extent of their rights as pregnant and nursing mothers. Check out these five things you should know.

Includes information about hiring AND breastfeeding.

    For the most part, organizations that are family-friendly won't be asking these questions. A smaller company that may not be in compliance with all laws may ask these, as they tend to not have the appropriate resources. It is up to each person to research and know their rights, especially since each state differs. If you are interviewing, there is no reason for you to share that you are pregnant or that you have kids or other family members to care for. If you need a flexible schedule, discuss this when an offer is made. Otherwise, everything else can wait until your first day. While companies cannot discriminate based on this information, if you share it, it might be in the back of minds of the individuals making hiring decisions and without knowing it, it might be used in the decision making process. Thankfully I work for a family-friendly organization! My husband's company is getting better, though it has taken awhile for them to give him some flexibility. He has been there for almost 6 years!
    My job has actually been really great with me and my new family. When I was pregnant, I told my boss early, and she allowed me to telecommute on days when I had OB appointments, so I didn't have to waste my earned time. They offered the legal minimums for maternity leave, however--short-term disability to cover 80% of wages for the first six to eight weeks (depending upon natural vs. c-section birth), and I could legally take up to four months unpaid. Unfortunately, we had just purchased our home, so I only took the eight partially-paid weeks. I wish I would have taken longer.

    My office does have a pumping room, and although it's not pretty, and even not legally required, since I'm Exempt, I was able to pump three times a day for about 30 minutes a day. It was HARD, and I'm not doing it anymore, so I don't miss it, but I did appreciate that the room and the time was never something in question for me. So I have few complaints!
      Great share! One thing I knew, but never felt comfortable with is that in most states, nursing mothers have to be provided with a place to pump and time to do it. This is outside of lunch break...

      I knew, but never asked anyone and pumped in my car. I honestly think it's one of the worst decisions I made as a new mother. It added so much stress, anxiety, and unhappiness to pumping and I still despise pumping because all of those feelings come rushing back.
      About Tish
      Born: Homestead, Pennsylvania
      Current: State College, Pennsylvania
      Birth: March 04
      On since: Dec 17, 2013
      Working mom of two, happily married, editor/content manager of scientific publications for a scholarly society in Washington DC, attached parent, extended nurser. Parenting and loving the best way I know how!