August 6, 2012 - cromeg
Still being treated unfairly
I posted a few months back with my Target management team treating me unfairly with my pregnancy. Unfortunately I haven’t quit yet, just because of that small extra income that comes in handy and it’s hard for someone who’s far along in their pregnancy to get a job.
Anyway. So the unfairness has continued. I understand the whole “Getting pregnant was a choice so you have to be treated just like everyone else”. The thing is, the last Target I worked at, and the Target that a friend of mine works at treats their pregnant team members with a bit more respect. My hours have still been cut drastically. I was told I was not allowed to sit at all at my checklane. No stool/chair/whatever. I’m almost 30 weeks pregnant. The funny thing? Some girl stubbed her toe the other day at work and she got to sit at a chair the remainder of her shift. Because that totally makes sense.
I’ve also been trying to transfer stores. That maybe this store just isn’t the one for me. I live in Virginia and the store I work at is on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay, maybe about a 15 mile drive from my house. There is only one way to get from where I live to where this store is, and it’s a bridge-tunnel. There is a store closer to me, in fact right down the road. The 15 mile drive to the store I work at now wouldn’t be that much of an issue if I wasn’t stuck in bumper to bumper stand still traffic on a bridge in the middle of the ocean for 1-2 hours during my commute to work. I’ve expressed my concerns with my third trimester now in effect, that I’d rather not be stuck in traffic going to and from work with the possibility of going into labor or something (mind you, I have to go to a Naval Hospital which is another traffic filled 30 mile drive from the store I work at). They tell me time and time again that they’ll contact the other store but nothing happens. I get on their case. I bring it up every time I’m in. And they tell me that they’re waiting on a response from the other store. I went to the other store not long ago and they said they haven’t heard anything yet.
Do I quit and possibly not be able to find another job until after my son arrives? Or do I stay and be miserable and possibly put myself into some sort of stress which is obviously not healthy for me or my child?