How To Tell Work You’re Pregnant

Are you pregnant and wondering how to break the news at work?

You may be ecstatic, but also nervous about how others will react. After all, a pregnancy announcement can signal big changes ahead for your coworkers, too: Will they have to take on more work? Will you return after the baby is born?

Whether you’re curious about your rights in the workplace, wondering how to appropriately announce your pregnancy to your boss or coworkers, or simply trying to hide your morning sickness because you’re not ready to spill the beans, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

What Laws Do I Need To Know About?
In the United States there are three main pieces of legislation which govern your rights at work as a pregnant woman. These are the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (1).

These regulations apply to companies with 15 or more employees.

Your workplace is not allowed to discriminate against you because you are pregnant — meaning they cannot fire you, deny you a promotion, refuse to hire you, or involuntarily reassign you because of a pregnancy.

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