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01/02/2013 at 21:32
So, Im 28+1 and Ive been referred to a Physio due to SPD, I have it quite severely and have recently had to take a few days off work. I visited my GP who after asking about my work conditions - I sit at a desk all day (8hours) infront of a PC in a busy call centre, located on the upper floor of the unit its in, and the only means to get to this office is up 40 cast iron steps, tried to sign me off until my maternity starts in 8 weeks.
Now unfortunately, I do not get any sick pay from work, except Statutory. This doesnt come close to my usual wage - which obviously pays for food, bills etc . My partner is currently off work with a broken hand and physically cannot do his job - he's self employed so no money is coming in from there at the mo.
Well after explaining this to the doctor, she completed a ' Fitness for Work' slip - stating I could work if suitable adaptations were made . These inc. re- locating me to an office downstairs, and being able to take short regular walks away from my chair throughout the day.
Well, I call my boss to tell him... His reply; These changes cannot be made due to ' needs of the business'. He wants us to have a meeting about it on Monday, so, what rights do I have?!
02/02/2013 at 05:35
TO be honest I am not sure, but I would ring the http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
And see what they say...I think that there has to be some options for you somewhere.
Fingers crossed hun x
02/02/2013 at 09:05
02/02/2013 at 17:02
Sid89 is correct. Your employer is obliged to perform a 'risk assessment' for you once you have notified them of your pregnancy (Is your chair the correct height for you, is your desk top the correct height for you, do you have adequate refreshment available, are you dealing with customer complaints regularly (your hormones can make you more emotional dealing with these), do you need adjusted hours to avoid travelling within rush hour). If your Dr has provided you with a certificate stating that your health requires certain adjustments for you to perform your duties then your employer must make every effort to meet those adjustments or provide reasonable evidence as to why they can't (i.e. it would mean relocating you to another office several miles away, they only have offices on the upper floor and another company owns the lower floor, etc...) Their reasons should not be based upon you being pregnant or you can claim for unfair treatment/discrimination.
Acas have a website with a lot of workplace advice & a helpline you can call for answers. Best wishes & good luck.
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