Pregnant T-Mobile Employee Forced to Take Vacation Time to Use Bathroom, Fired Over 12 Cent Error
Don't you dare relieve a basic biological need on company time!
... Rifkin's supervisor asked her to get a doctor's note saying she needed to fulfill a basic biological necessity. "And my doctor thought I was crazy," Rifkin writes. "She told me, 'I'm sure one person going to the toilet wouldn't mean the collapse of an entire T-Mobile customer service center!'" However crazy the idea, Rifkin got the note to satisfy her employer.
But that wasn't enough for the bosses. Rifkin's supervisors asked her to clock out everytime she used the restroom, effectively punishing a pregnant employee for being pregnant. Rifkin needed every penny, so she continued eating and drinking less, and even used vacation time to use the restroom.
Seven weeks before she gave birth to baby boy on May 14, 2010, Rifkin went on the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to twelve-weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees.
A month and a half after she returned to work, Rifkin says she was fired, allegedly
due to an uncharacteristic error that cost T-Mobile 12 cents. She received no severance and pays for all her medical expenses on her own. ...