Soon to be FTM. I work in an extremely unsupportive team where I’ve seen people complain about another woman coworker’s pregnancy inconveniencing them and a male colleague had a client taken from him while he took 2 wks pat leave. Any suggestions on steps I can take now or later to protect myself professionally?

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Oh, man. I’m pretty sure the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 has protections against all of those things (hiring, firing, job assignments, pay, benefits, etc.). I would start having a conversation with HR and your leadership team about your concerns as your prepare for your leave based on your experience/witnessing discrimination in the past. That will perk their ears because at the end of the day HR is there to protect the company and if they get a whiff that type of behavior is going on they will do anything they can to ensure there will be no basis for a lawsuit down the road if the company violates that Act. https://www.eeoc.gov/pregnancy-discrimination

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Agree; however, I wouldn't alert them. I would start collecting evidence. Record conversations, take screenshots of text messages, take notes on who and when said negative comments. Was in a similar situation, my lawyer told me that the more you complain the more you're a target in the company. Once you're back, you're protected for a few months, but you can slap them with the law suit then based on evidence

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That's a culture thing. Time to leave. Start applying elsewhere once you are feeling better during the second half of maternity leave.

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