Finding out that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions. It’s such an exciting time that you immediately want to share your good news with everyone you know. There is one person on your list, though, that you might not be so excited about telling. Although it’s illegal to fire a woman over being pregnant, some women dread telling their bosses that that are expecting because of possible repercussions.
I was a teacher when I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. I was lucky enough to be in a work place that was very welcoming and open to women choosing to expand their families, so I was excited to tell my boss and all of my co-workers that we were expecting our first child.
Now that I work for myself from home, I am my own boss, meaning that I didn’t have to go through any stress of telling my workplace that I was pregnant.
There are some women that aren’t as lucky as I was when telling their boss they are pregnant. A New York woman is claiming that she faced the unthinkable when she let her boss know that she was expecting her third child.
Catherine Rizzo of Long Island, N.Y. claims her supervisor’s ultimatum at Cooky’s Deli forced her to choose between her unborn baby and her job.
“The owner’s daughter pulled me in the office, and basically told me if I didn’t have an abortion, I wasn’t going to have a job,” the mom of two told the New York Post.
For some of us, the choice would be a no brainer, but unfortunately with the way the economy is, losing a job could mean the worst for some families. Rizzo felt the latter. She was barely getting by with the money that she made from her job at the deli and she knew she needed the job. So she went through with the abortion, only to be fired by her boss just a couple months later.
Rizzo is now suing the owner of deli because of the serious threat she received as well as months of harassment by co-workers. She is seeking unspecified damages.
The owner of the deli is denying the charges claiming that Rizzo was fired for being chronically late, and that the abortion threat is completely “fiction.”
Being forced to decide between your job and your unborn child is a problem that I hope never to be faced with. My heart goes out to this mother for being put into an unthinkable situation and having to make a decision she never wanted to make. I hope she gets the justice she deserves.
How would you handle having to choose between your job and pregnancy?
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