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13th-Aug-2010 01:46 am
fifth element
Definitely pregnant.

My boss at Subway just told me today that he's cutting my (already meagre) hours IN HALF. So now I will be getting about 9 hours a week, at minimum wage. The wage isn't even the important part. It's the fact that I've only been working there for about 4 months, and that's not enough hours to get maternity benefits. I need a minimum of 600 hours paid into EI before I can claim, and it looks like I have about 300. So I would need to work another 4 months at my usual hours to get benefits. I was OK with that, and told my boss. The next day he cuts my hours. So now I either need to work WAY longer into my pregnancy (difficult, due to a highly crowded space a 6 month belly won't fit in, and back problems I'm dealing with) or get a second job.

Yes, that's right. I'm considering taking a second job. I NEED these benefits. Having no income for almost 2 years would be devastating. I would keep my pregnancy a secret from my employer and only work for a few months to get the hours paid into EI that I need. It's unethical but victimless. I've gotta do something. Christ, I was even looking at the housing market in Castlegar last week, daydreaming about getting a house with more than two bedrooms.

*deep breath*

The Perseid meteor shower was beautiful. I spent an hour or so outside, and counted over 20 shooting stars. I pinned a worry to each one, and felt better for a while. Stupid hormones are exacerbating my troubles, and being alone is not when I'm at my best.

I miss Husband SO MUCH. He will be home tomorrow after a 2 week absence. Looks like he will be around for a week and then *poof* out of town again. It's a really vunerable feeling,being pregnant, parenting a toddler, working and finding a sitter and trying to keep up with the household, all by myself. I have a mother in law in Castlegar (half an hour away) and ONE FRIEND who helps with things when she's not working. My support network is tiny. tinytinytiny.

I can do this.

I can do this.

I can...
13th-Aug-2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know that it's unethical at all. It's not really their business whether your pregnant or not until you get to the point that you can't work.
13th-Aug-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with this ^^^. Do what you need to do, and your employer sucks for jacking with your schedule!

It sounds incredibly hard, and I know, because I have been in your shoes. You can do it! You can do it!
15th-Aug-2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Well, congratulations on the pregnancy, at least. I wish you had more helpful people close to you. And that is fucked-up about your hours getting cut - I hate to be cynical but I wouldn't be surprised if it were a deliberate act on your boss's part to try to keep you at work longer.

You CAN do this. I just wish you didn't have to do so much...
15th-Aug-2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aw man, that's so tough. Not to mention possibly illegal on your boss' part. Pregnancy should make you a "protected class" and it sounds to me like discrimination. You should do a bit of research regarding the law, work. And pregnancy to see if what he's done is kosher or not. I'd also say you need to confront him and let him know how badly you need those hours.

Thinking of you and hoping for the best!
17th-Aug-2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Definitely a baby then. And your boss is an asshole - I second the suggestion that you look into the laws concerning work, pregnancy and such, because while I'm no expert on the American laws, that whole thing he did sounds really iffy to me. If he hadn't known about your pregnancy he'd have a sort of excuse, but you told him and then cut back on the hours. Something is rotten in the land of Denmark...
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