This has been irking me for awhile now.
On Saturdays I had been working my second job (I've been at that job for 10 years total). Because I was pregnant and having various issues and was not able to stand and run around like a maniac on my feet for 8 hours a day, I decided to take my maternity leave a little early. They had no problem with that.
I had to fill out an application for request for FMLA (which did not say anywhere what the requirements were)- Basically I had to apply to take FMLA with no guarantee that I'd get it. I just assumed I would 'qualify' as I was/am having a baby.
So last week I get some papers in the mail (from corporate) that say my request was.. denied. I'm like WTF? so here, apparently, I would had to have worked 1000 hours in the last 12 months (and because I only worked Saturdays for awhile now, I didn't have that 1000 hours in). They don't tell you these things ahead of time. They said it didn't matter that I was working there since 1998, I couldn't get the leave.
I was livid.
So basically I can either work and have the baby at work (literally) or I can not have my job. I guess I chose to not have my job. It feels like they tricked me into quitting/getting fired. I'm not sure how I'd list that on any future job applications (should I ever apply to any).
There's something about if you don't work for so long (at this place) you end up not working there at all and I guess that's what happened to me.
ANYWAY- How they get around making this okay is saying that after I have the baby I can go back and be "rehired". HA HA HA Friggin' HA! Getting rehired would mean losing 10 years worth of status... starting at STARTING WAGE (bull sh!t) and losing my two paid days off and my two weeks worth of vacation time each year. Oh no I don't think so. I still have to call the store yet to talk to my old manager and the store manager about this. I know they weren't planning on this happening and were supportive of my pregnancy....
However- there's no way in he!! that I'm going to be rehired like a newbie.. no friggin' way. Yes I do need that job, but I'm not going to let that corporate POS win.
So in a nutshell.. I'm being punished for having a baby... apparently. Just another reason I hate retail.