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I just had a baby in July and I returned to work this week

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I just had a baby in July and I returned to work this week after 12 weeks off. My employer is now trying to terminate my job because I did not return after the 8 weeks they allow for even though the Family Medical Leave Act says I can get 12 weeks for child care. They are also requiring that I provide a Doctor's excuse that says I was off for the additional 4 weeks. Are they legally allowed to fire me and require this documentation?
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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you, but I believe I have information which you will find helpful.

While the employer may require medical documentation, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an employer that allows temporarily disabled employees to take disability leave or leave without pay, must allow an employee who is temporarily disabled due to pregnancy to do the same.


An employer may not single out pregnancy-related conditions for special procedures to determine an employee's ability to work. However, if an employer requires its employees to submit a doctor's statement concerning their ability to work before granting leave or paying sick benefits, the employer may require employees affected by pregnancy-related conditions to submit such statements.


Further, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, a new parent (including foster and adoptive parents) may be eligible for 12 weeks of leave (unpaid or paid if the employee has earned or accrued it) that may be used for care of the new child. To be eligible, the employee must have worked for the employer for 12 months prior to taking the leave and the employer must have a specified number of employees. See

What this means is that the employer may not treat you differently than any other employee with a temporary disability.

You can file a complaint with the EEOC. To file the complaint see:

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