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If you can’t say anything nice … Comments about pregnancy are never wise

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We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: The only appropriate comment when an em­­ployee announces she’s pregnant is a cheerful “Congratulations!”

Anything else can end up being used against you if you eventually have to discipline or even fire the expecting mother.

It’s crucially important to treat pregnant employees just like any other employee, while making allowances for things like prenatal visits, which are covered under the FMLA.

Recent case: Ashley worked as a truck driver for a Fed Ex subcontractor. She was assigned a helper to expedite deliveries, which meant she never worked alone.

Ashley learned that she was pregnant with her third child and said she told her boss, the owner of the small trucking company. He would later admit learning about the pregnancy about two months before Ashley lost her job.

Ashley claimed that almost as soon as the boss learned she was pregnant, he began to single her out by demand...(register to read more)

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