Hello ladies. I know that maternity leave questions have been posted, but I'm stuck in a weird situation and I really would like some advice.
The company that I work for is pretty shitty. They pay well and they treat their employees well as long as you do your job 110% perfectly and also as long as you put in as much overtime, sacrifice your breaks and lunches, and write good reviews about them online to get more customers to sign up with us. I wish I was joking, but we really had a company meeting where they asked us to take a few moments and write good reviews about the company on Yelp. *eyeroll*
Anyway, since I don't have a ton of time left before my baby is born I was told to come to the HR department to speak with them about maternity leave. Fair enough...I wanted to let them know that I'll be leaving a month before my due date anyway. The reason for this is my lease is up for my apartment April 30th and I'm due May 14th and of course I'll need to pack and prepare everything and also my family is coming to spend 1 week with me before my due date. I figured this would give me plenty of time to get all of this accomplished and set up the new house so that way we aren't rushing around if the baby comes early for whatever reason.
Well...I went to HR and he basically told me before I even told him about my date that I wanted to leave or anything that I can't leave early and that I'd need to work until my due date. He said the only way I could get out of work before my due date is if my doctor puts me on bed rest, I go into labor early, or my doctor writes a note stating that I can't work any longer. Fat chance...my doctor isn't going to write a note like that...especially if my pregnancy is still going as smoothly as it is now. HR also told me that they would give me 6 weeks of maternity leave and then I'd need to come back. He said it would be 8 weeks if I have to have a C-Section. He said that hes doing this to be nice because I don't qualify for FMLA leave of 12 months because my 1 year is about 1 week after my due date.
I wasn't planning on going back to work after my baby is born, but my main problem here is that if I put in my two week notice they will fire me on the spot. They have done that and continue to do that instead of letting people work their two weeks and then that be it. I just don't know what to do here. They won't even talk to me further about maternity leave until the end of March. I feel like my only option is to put in my two week notice on the day that I was going to request to leave for maternity leave anyway and just let them fire me. I just know that I'd like to use them as a reference for when I do wish to return to work.
Anyone have any advice? I'm going to talk to DH about this tonight and see what he thinks, but I'm hoping maybe some of you ladies have some ideas for me too.