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Is your pregnancy making it difficult to wear your work uniform?

For decades, business owners in California and elsewhere have known that sex sells. For that reason, many entertainment executives, such as bar and club owners, often require members of their staff to wear skin-tight uniforms. Even under ideal circumstances, these skimpy uniforms can be uncomfortable to wear.

Putting on a tight uniform is not likely to harm your unborn baby. According to the Cleveland Clinic, though, wearing tight clothing during your pregnancy can exacerbate your heartburn, make normal swelling more painful and even increase your chances of developing certain infections.

You should not have to worry about losing your job

You certainly have some well-founded reasons for wanting to wear something more comfortable to work during your pregnancy. Your manager may not have much sympathy, however. Still, you should not have to worry about losing your job because you cannot don your normal work attire.

Remember, simply because your body is going through some extreme changes does not mean you cannot perform your job duties. If your employer wants to terminate your employment because of a pregnancy-related reason, you may be a victim of pregnancy discrimination.

California has broad protections for pregnant workers

As you probably know, entertainment industry managers sometimes push the limits of the law as far as they can. Nevertheless, you do not have to stand idly by while your manager or anyone else discriminates against you. Because California affords broad protections to pregnant workers, you likely have some immediate options for recourse.

Ultimately, rather than wondering if your job is in jeopardy at a time when you most need it, you should explore all available opportunities for stopping your boss’s discriminatory actions.

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