Saturday, October 18, 2003
(WOMENSENEWS)-- A memo issued by Berkeley County schools implies that female employees should plan their pregnancies around their available sick days, reported The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C.
"Of course, we do understand childbirth is a major health concern," wrote Assistant Superintendent Willis Sanders in the late September memo. However, he added, "Pregnancy can be planned and employees can bank days for this."
According to the new policy detailed in the memo, employees will be required to earn sick days prior to using them. Practically speaking, what this means for a pregnant woman is that she would no longer be allowed to use "advance" sick days to extend maternity leave.
This school year, 7 out of 15 requests for advance sick days have come from employees wishing to tack on sick days to the end of their maternity leave. Although all seven requests have been granted, the policy change would mean that future requests would not automatically be approved.
Approximately a dozen employees and teachers have come forward to voice concerns over the n