So, my boss is usually pretty good to me, but I can't believe what happened the other night. My husband and I work together in the same department. I'm 6 months pregnant and we work nights (12 hour shifts). I had been having back pain, but after being at work for about 7 hours, it turned in to excruciating back/ abdominal pain. I wasn't sure what was going on, like if I was going into premature labor or something. The pain was so bad I was crying (i was probably worried too). I am on intermentin (sp?) fmla and can use the time whenever needed. Well I was in such pain I needed my husband to drive me to the e.r.. All my relatives live over an hour away. Well my boss got angry about it and delayed my leaving saying he needed to talk to us etc... when he came in the office I was obviously in pain and hunched over, he proceeded to basically lecture us about leaving and said to me can you not drive yourself? are you not licensed to drive a motorized vehicle ?
Then he went in to how I was just now pregnant (6 months!?) and we always had to leave. We have never left work early together and we missed one day together in the 2nd month of my pregnancy. He then on to say I needed to do something about being sick all the time. Well my fmla is my fmla! I have been using it intermentenly to stay working longer. So yeah he basically put us on a big guilt trip and delayed me getting to the hospital in what I felt like was an emergency situation. He was being pretty condescending about it. I had already stayed as long as I could! turns out I had bad kidney infection and was dehydrated, had to be admitted given iv antibiotics and fluids and pain meds because the pain was so severe. I got out the next day.
Might I also add he demanded I bring a note from the e.r. as If I would make this stuff up after already being at work for 7 hours. :P anyways, I'm pretty upset about it. He made my husband feel like crap about taking me, but we weren't comfortable with me driving in that kind of pain, (i was afraid it was preterm labor) Ugh so frustrating. Anyone else get treated in a similar way? I don't feel what he did was appropriate, and I feel the timing was REALLY inappropriate.
* might I add I'm a first time mommy, not sure what labor actually feels like...