Pregnancy Blog @ 35 weeks - Hormones or should I be ticked off?
Friday, August 14, 2015
Another work-related one. Sorry for the rant yet again, lol, but hubby tells me I'm overreacting on this and I just want some input.
So I work in child care and had been hired at my company as an infant teacher. Last September, I was told my classroom was being closed down due to low enrollment and I was being reassigned to the toddler program to support them temporarily. Here we are in August and I am still there, which isn't an issue, but not what I'd consider "temporary" but I digress.
Last week, my boss called me in to her office to tell me they were re-opening the infant classroom in September which conflicted with my having my baby. She said it would make more sense for me to stay in the toddler classroom I am in now until I had the baby and that upon my return I would work in the infant classroom. Again, this made sense to me so I said that was fine.
Where I kind of got annoyed was when my boss sent out a staffing update to staff/parents saying that the infant classroom was re-opening and that I would be joining the team in November after I took a "leave of absence". I am generally a quiet person, so haven't openly shared my pregnancy with parents in the building aside from the ones in my classroom, although I'm sure by eight months pregnant people could draw their own conclusions.
I'm basically just annoyed that she referred to it as a "leave of absence" instead of a maternity leave, because I feel that leave of absence just makes me sound like a shmuck that wants to take time off for no reason (or worse that I'm going to like rehab or something along those lines where I shouldn't be working with children in the first place). I also feel that in working in child care and furthermore returning to an INFANT classroom, that having my own baby would give parents some sense of relief knowing that I know what I'm doing and can properly care for their infant. Also, other people who have been pregnant here have gone out and it HAS been referred to as a maternity leave.
My husband said she probably just wrote it that way because she knows the company is screwing me out of my maternity benefits, so she doesn't want to put "maternity" and my name together anywhere in writing because then the company might actually have to acknowledge that they did something wrong. Which is probably the case, but I'm still aggravated. I just don't want to look bad in the process.
Am I right to be mad? Should I say something to my boss? The email has already gone out to everyone so I don't know that there is even anything that can be done to rectify it - I just feel like she made me sound bad and lowered my credibility.