SHRM Connect: Pregnant Employee Falls Asleep and What are Your Thoughts on Discrimination


SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to employment law, are always insightful and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals are dealing with today in their workplaces.

Some of the conversations are serious, and some are downright amusing -- and going forward, on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes that you’ll take some time to visit. You may want to lurk… maybe respond, but you’ll always learn something.  It’s a great community and I highly recommend checking it out.


On August 3, an anonymous poster started a conversation called “Pregnant Employee Falls Asleep” and asked the following question:

I had an employee go into our maintenance office on her break last night, the room is dark and cooler than the shop because of the a/c. She fell asleep for 45 minutes and break is only 10 minutes. Search party of employees find her out like a light. She is also pregnant. Like maybe 3/4 months. She does not qualify for FMLA. Would I face legal backlash terminating her? We terminated another employee for the same thing a few months back but HE was not pregnant. Please help! ​

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Another anonymous poster, in a thread titled, “What are Your Thoughts on Discrimination?” asked the following question:

A female Afr. Amer. employee came to me for my opinion before she "gets an attorney involved." She is 65 y.o., Communications Mgr., company size is 100 ees., here 6 years, never any performance issues, has received year-end bonus every year.  She's wondering if her age and race have anything to do with it.  All other managers received a year end bonus and increase in April 2017 (for 2016). How would you advise her?  She is afraid to ask her Director because of how it will make her feel going forward.

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And last –but, not least -- an anonymous poster asked:

“What are the funniest or strangest questions employees have asked you?”  One of the responders posted this:

Joe Employee:  I just got married so I need to change my forms.

HR:  Okay, did you want to add you spouse to your insurance, change your W-4, home address, emergency contact, beneficiary?

Joe Employee:  Yes, but can I leave my ex-girlfriend as my life insurance beneficiary?  (No dependent child involved) married your wife instead of the ex-girlfriend because............

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Have a great weekend! 





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