Background: I work at a law school as an administrative assistant in the business office. (dress code is business casual)
So last night about 15 minutes before I got off work my boss calls me into her office. She said to me that because of the new transition of the school (non-profit to for-profit) our Presidents visitors have begun noticing things. (They're crackin down on petty things on everyone) She said that it is unacceptable for me to wear jeans any day of the week except for Fridays. And that "effective immediately" I had to dress to the standards of the dress code. I am in violation with the jean waring but right now (as I explained to her) I do not have the clothes, nor the funds to go out and buy maternity work clothes. I have plenty of dress tops that I would wear with dark colored jeans to dress them up but it's not good enough. I've been using the rubber-band method and I showed her too so she would see that I wasn't lieing. I explained to her my financial situation and no mercy. I am sitting at work right now in my pre-pregnancy pants (i'm now 11 weeks) and i can feel my pants cutting into my stomach. I am very incomfortable, not to mention the difficulty breathing. I'm not saying I don't want to follow the dress code, but i would have appreciated a couple days of liniency to go out and look for some inexpensive maternity work pants. I don't know how to go about handling this or if I should just deal with it, or bring it to her attention that I am very uncomfortable. Any suggestions ladies?