The arrival of a new baby in Indiana is a happy occasion and also the beginning of a very busy period for the parents. In many cases, one or both parents will take time off work to spend time with and care for their new arrival. Usually, a mother will also take time off work toward the end of her pregnancy so she can focus on her own well-being and prepare for the birth.
Some mothers may choose not to return to their jobs, deciding instead to spend the early years of their child’s life in their company. This is not always possible however and some mothers need to return to work simply to bring in enough money to support their families. Others may wish to continue their careers or get back to a job they love. Whatever they decide, this choice should be their own and certainly should not be dictated by their employers.
Sadly, some employers will discriminate against pregnant women, making it difficult for them to return to work after their maternity leave. Others may choose not to hire a woman because she is pregnant or has plans to have children in the near future. As this article on pregnancy discrimination explains, any such action is illegal, as is harassing a woman because she is pregnant.
Fathers also have rights when they become a new parent, so it is important to know what you are entitled to. An attorney may be able to advise you and offer support if you decide to make a claim. The choice to have both a career and a family is yours to make, so do not allow unfair employers to get in your way.