This is a question for anyone in HR or has experience with the laws pertaining to pregnancy in the workplace.
I don?t feel that I?m being discriminated against in the traditional sense, but I do feel that my supervisor is sharing information that is medical and therefore private information and cannot be shared with others legally (unless I choose to do so).
I have overheard her sharing with others from other departments on campus (I work at a private university) that I am going on maternity leave in March, so she was able to hire her replacement (she?s retiring in June) now to begin training and have an extra set of hands while I?m gone.
She also sent out an email introducing her replacement to our entire department (approximately 100 people) and said, ?Katie will be working primarily on the conference, assisting me with a couple other events, and assisting Wives Fellowship until she begins maternity leave (baby is due March 15). She will be out of the office somewhere between 6-8 weeks.? I don?t really have a problem with people knowing I?m pregnant or when I?m due, but I don?t feel that it?s appropriate and possibly illegal?which is where you come in.
I don?t want to make big waves with this, but I?m just not comfortable with this information being shared in such a free manner. To my knowledge, pregnancy is considered a ?disability? and cannot be shared, just as you wouldn?t share with the entire department is someone had any other type of ?disability.?
Should I approach HR with this or talk directly with my supervisor (she?s not to thrilled I?m pregnant and leaving just before this major conference I?m planning)? Do I have any reason do this or is it perfectly legal to do what she?s been doing?