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Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.have you had regular one to ones with your line manager.
i should have had a one-to-one with my line manager every week but often this has not happened. since i announced my pregnancy, the business owner has frequently listened to my calls and called me in to discuss my performance - at least three times per week since announcing my pregnancy and never before this.
OK thank you, XXXXX XXXXX it with me. I need to look up a few things and then get my advice ready. I will post back on here when done. There is no need to wait and you will receive an email when I have responded.
ok thank you
Many thanks for your patience. Whilst generally you would not have any protection against unfair dismissal until you have at least 2 years’ service with your employer, if you are being treated detrimentally or dismissed due to your pregnancy or impending maternity leave, that would amount to discrimination and you would be protected regardless of the length of service you have.
If the employer cannot justify why you are being treated that way and the timings are all too suspicious where this treatment started just when you announced your pregnancy, then discrimination is indeed a possibility in this case.
You do not have to wait to be dismissed before you can take any action and your options are as follows:
These are your options for now and you can also remind the employer that they need to conduct risk assessments in relation to your pregnancy and ensure you are not placed under undue stress or asked to do things that may affect your health at this important stage.
The employer has a duty to reduce and if possible, avoid stress...and if that is not possible they can medically suspend the employee to remove them from this situation, and your rights should not be affected if that happensc
the issue is they may not do that so you could be waiting for something that may never happen - whilst this is what they should do, that does not mean they will do it so in the end you may have to get signed off instead.
You are most welcome, all the best