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If I quit my job because I'm pregnant and have to do strenuous lifting which is causing problems in preg. Can I receive unemployment

Hello I'm 19 weeks pregnant and currently work at a pawn shop. At my job I have to move around generators, 50" TVs, huge miter saws and chainsaws as long as me. Also, we have riot gates over the front of our doors that weigh about 50lbs and has to be lifted each morning before entering the store. My boss nor co workers will give me any help at all and lately I've been having a lot of stomach cramps and back pain because of it. Everyone I work with is aware I am pregnant ( I am clearly showing and have told them). Not to mention I'm threatend everyday by angry customers. So my question is, if I quit due to these reasons would I be able to collect unemployment?

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Don't quit - go to your doctor and have him write you a light duty slip, which your job would have to accommodate. If you quit you would not be eligible for unemployment, even if the conditions aren't favorable in your current condition, it was your choice to become pregnant.

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dont leave your job ask your doctor to put you out

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head over to your nearest SS office. You can collect disability until 12 weeks after the birth of your child.. BTW congratulations.

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Seriously doubtful she'd be eligible for disability just because she's pregnant.
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She cannot do her job because it requires putting her at risk of premature labor.
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Pregnancy is not a disability.
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She just can't do heavy lifting - that's still not a disability. Her doctor will put her on light duty, and either her job will accommodate or it won't. Disability is generally for "long-term" issues, and literally the approval process is so screwed up, her baby would be long since born before she ever saw a penny, and that's if she could somehow convince them that she was actually eligible.
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Curious though, Where can the line be drawn if she cannot do her job because of physical limitations. If she goes into premature labor, and loses the baby, can she file a wrongful death lawsuit, against her employer? the State? I really think she'd have a strong case.
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she can do the job or her doctor would have said something already. she has not said it is an at risk pregnancy. She doesn't want the job. And the customers are angry. lmao. she is looking for an easy out
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yes she wont get disability even if her doctor put her out
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All pregnancies are risky. In particular after the second trimester whan the fetus has gained substance.
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This is how screwy our society it - she has a choice, she can work or quit (right to work). It's not the employers responsibility really, she chose to get pregnant. Now, when a doctor gives you a light duty (or takes you out of work completely), it's still not the employer's or the states responsibility to pay for any of that (unless it was work related accident). That's why people by long-term/short-term disability insurance, so that they are covered if they have to be out of work for a health related issue. My understanding for SSDI is that the condition has to be expected to last at least a year or more - pregnancy doesn't qualify.

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This is a perfect example of the laws which serve us, are the same laws that create dishonesty.
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Her question states that the strenuous workload is causing a difficult time in her pregnancy.
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But it's not due to anything that the employer has done. They haven't created an unsafe work environment - SHE got pregnant. Again, she can get her doctor to give her light duty, that requires no heavy lifting, or she could take FMLA leave (which would screw her after the baby is born though, since she'd have used all her time up already). But it's still not paid leave, because our country doesn't care all that much about it's female citizens like many other countries do.

(don't think I don't sympathize, but it's just the way it is in the US)
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She had the option of not getting pregnant. Her choice. Why should taxpayers pay for this? As for premature labour-as the uterus stretches there is cramping. If you don't consume enough fluid during the day there is cramping Doesn't mean miscarriage. Where do we draw the line? I have a hang nail should I get disability since I use my hands at work? Take it a little further, is she planning on welfare since she obviously can't work and take care of a baby?
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I guess I favor her side, being a liberal. Everyone had some really interesting points of view.
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It isn't a matter of liberalism. yes I feel for her however........pregnancy is an option. She chose to have if at this time she chooses not to work why should she be a drain on the system? I honestly worked with someone who did 7 out of 8 hours of a shift while in labour. I was the only one who caught onto the fact that she was in labour. Her logic; I'm already at the hospital why go home to come back again plus she wanted the paycheck. I put to you when the government pot is empty how do you refill it when there are more collecting than paying taxes? We as a nation are rapidly approaching this.
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The idea that someone would get pregnant without planning and knowing that she would need to be responsible for her choice makes you feel for her? Favor her side. What about my side? I purposely have not gotten pregnant because i am incapale of providing for the needs of a child. Shouldn't I get a tax break and time off too? I want to be rewarded for GOOD thinking and being responsible.
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Bochala good comments. I also chose not to get pregnant for similar reasons.
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have you discussed this with your doctor? Frankly I think that you have an easier pregnancy when you stay active. All of the work you did before you became pregnant? Unless your doctor has given you cause for alarm then you should be able to continue your job. My opinion is you don't want the job to begin with.

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workman comp

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It's not a comp issue either - it's not a work related injury.
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Goes back to the laws that serve us are the same ones that destroy us.
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she chose to be pregnant and knew what the job required on a day to day basis.I assume she is at least 18. She is considered an adult who made an adult decision to be pregnant. And woman work everyday doing the same if not more then she described right up til birth. She simply does not want to work now that she is pregnant. note she doesn't ask about another job duty or ask her chances of finding a replacement job.
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Let's see, want to get this correct. Aprox 5 mos pregnant and you want workers comp? Where should I begin.......Preganancy is something that women have been doing since the beginning of time. It is a condition NOT an illness. Cramping is normal during pregnancy. As for heavy lifting you chose the job. You are trying to set backward what my generation worked hard for you to have. I worked with women who worked through early stages of labour and were doing heavy lifting.You can at least work two and a half more months!

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well stated answer
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Your comment is unwarranted and disrespectful, thistle. Can you tell me what it is we have that your generation 'worked hard for'? No prospects? Poor education? Stigmatized Benefits? Less than subsistence wage? You worked for us to have nothing!
If you worked with women who worked through the early stages of labour YOU should have said something and changed things for them. That is barbaric!
Women should not have to work AND raise children. The Welfare State was built on a 2.4 model. Men at work/women at home with children.
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Plain and simple, if you quit, you won't get any disability checks. Your best bet like others have said, have your doctor write you a letter stating what you can and can't do to reduce the work level.

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Unless you have noted medical reason, staying on your job, being active, is encouraged. Heavy lifting without proper technique is bad for anybody. If you aren't doing anything new you should be accustomed to handing the work. If you feel it's too much talk to your Obgyn, you can get early pregnancy leave if he deems the job a danger to your health and babies.
Quitting won't allow for unemployment.

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Thanks T! : )
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It's a damn shame that in society today you actually need a medical excuse to not risk your pregnancy. Anybody with an ounce of decency whether at your job or a stranger on the street would do what they could to assist a pregnant woman, If you see a woman who's obviously pregnant attempting to move items that are big or heavy why wouldn't you try to help her? If your doctor gives you an excuse recommending light duty with lifting restrictions then your employer has to follow it, if they can't place you on light duty then they have to grant you a leave of absence but it will likely be unpaid. As for getting unemployment, It sounds like your employer is all about the money and doesn't care for his workers so if you quit and file he's gonna deny unemployment, then your best case is filing an appeal and stating your case in court. it's about a 50/50 chance if that.

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Although, I agree that no woman should be punished for being pregnant..I AM a woman .. and I can totally understand the complications involved.

I can also understand the problem for an employer to have an employee who can not work or can not perform the duties they were hired to do.

Should an employer hold the untimate responsibility of supporting someone who can not do their job, because of pregnancy, or ANY kind of debilitating condition?
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As far as I know .. simply put .. you can't collect Unemployment if you quit. You can however, ask for time off for pregnancy leave .. which by the way .. usually is limited to a number of weeks .. So, in order to save those weeks until AFTER the birth of your child, ask your employer for light duty for as long as possible. Heavy lifting is a definite hazard for a pregnancy. Talk to your doctor.

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