Returning to Work After Pregnancy Leave
Your Right to Reinstatement
Your employer is required to reinstate you to the same position you had before taking PDL. You cannot be demoted. You may request this guarantee in writing.
The only exception to this is a genuine reduction in force or another reason that is unrelated to your leave. For example, your employer does not have to reinstate you if they eliminated your entire department.
Your Right to Accrued Seniority & Benefits
Your employer is required to allow you to accrue seniority and benefits during your leave. This means that if, for instance, you are normally eligible for promotion after three years in a role, you should continue to accrue those three years’ of seniority while you are on leave.
Your Right to Stay on the Promotion Track (and Off the “Mommy Track”)
There is nothing wrong with allowing women to choose part-time work to accommodate caregiving obligations. Indeed, we wish more employers would respect this choice. Your employer cannot make this choice for you. If you continue to perform the functions of other, non-parent employees and are passed up for promotions or raises, this is gender discrimination.
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