Back in January I was forced into an unpaid leave of absence when I requested modifications to my work duties. I worked in a classroom for children with emotional disabilities and could not be subjected to the physical demands of the job for the safety of me and my child. The students were physically abusive towards myself and the other adults in the room, would try to run from the school premises and we had to restrain quite frequently. When I asked for lighter duties around the school, I was told that I could have the same position in a different school (so not really accommodating the issue) or go on an unpaid leave of absence for the remainder of the school year. Apparently, doing other things around the school was a different pay scale and was not an option. My position was filled while I was on the leave of absence leaving me with no job to return to when I was able to return to work. Needless to say I have essentially been on leave since January. My unpaid leave of absence was to end today, where I was to log on and request maternity leave until I could find a job go back to work if I chose to do so.
I have been having issues with the school email not working for a few days now, and when I called in to the department of technology for assistance, they notified me that I had been terminated from the school district. I called the human resource department to find out what was going on because I was on a leave of absence that I was forced into, and wasn’t given the opportunity to switch positions – even back to part time guest teaching which was the original plan. Apparently I was “terminated from the district” a few weeks ago (while still on leave) and was never notified. There is a few calls in to the leave supervisor and the person in charge of guest teaching to see what the hell happened, but at this point was told if I want to continue to work for the district I need to re-apply for a guest teaching job and any other positions I would be interested in. This means that I would also need to re-interview for a job that I had for 4.5 years before being hired into my current former position.
I am beyond angry, but it doesn’t seem like there is much that I can do. I started to cry on the phone even. I feel like I was forced out of my job because I was pregnant, was not given fair working accommodations so that I could continue to work, don’t have a job to go back to, and just found out that I was basically fired……all because I was pregnant and physically couldn’t work with violent children. I don’t quite know what to do because I obviously don’t want to work for a district that is going to treat its’ employees that way, but at the same time can’t say for certain that I was going to actually go back to work either. The option was taken from me without my knowing.
Has anyone had a similar experience or have any advice on what I should do?