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Your pregnancy rights in the workplace

Discrimination due to pregnancy can be a common issue for women in the workplace. However, with proper guidance, actions, and assistance from your boss, you should have no problems. For the Texas workforce, this post will give you a basic overview of your rights while pregnant or on maternity leave and while you’re pregnant at work.

Maternity pay

You are entitled to statutory maternity pay of up to six weeks. This is often referred to as ‘Maternity Pay.’ Statutory Maternity Pay is not paid for the first six weeks of pregnancy and is only paid for a certain number of weeks, depending on the nature of your job.

Maternity allowance

If you cannot receive Statutory Maternity Pay, you may be eligible to claim Maternity Allowance. However, if you have had a baby before, it will only be paid for a maximum of 20 weeks. In addition, this benefit will not be paid if your baby is stillborn or dies.

Change your work conditions

Your employer must make “reasonable” changes to your working day, working pattern, or place of work if you are pregnant or on maternity allowance. This must be so that you do not lose any pay from your job. The changes should also be suitable for your situation. For example, if you are pregnant and suffer from bad morning sickness, it would be reasonable for your employer to allow you to work somewhere more secluded in the afternoon.

Temporary workplace changes

If you cannot make use of the changes to your working conditions, you are entitled to be temporarily moved to a suitable alternative role. This role should be for the same pay, and you should not lose out on pay. However, you may not be paid during your stay if the temporary alternate role is overseas due to your employer’s business needs.

You have rights

Your boss must take proper care of you and your health during pregnancy. Discrimination from your boss is illegal and should be reported. If you have any questions, you should seek legal advice.