T-Mobile Complaint - Dropped in my time of need
In 2006, I was working for T-Mobile in one of their call centers. They were aware when they hired me in July that I was pregnant, and due around the end of November. Things were going great. The job paid well, and was a fun place to work. There were occasional upset consumers on the phone, but not very often. I was doing well, and performing my job the way it was supposed to be done. Until I had an emergency C-section in October. I was going to set up my maternity leave towards the end of October. I had asked to set it up before then, but they told me to wait until closer to the due date. I went in to my normal pregnancy check up, and found a life threatening illness that could harm myself and the baby. The dr sent me strait to the hospital. On the way, I called my supervisor and told her what was happening. That night, my body started shutting down, and the dr performed the emergency c-section. My child was born 6 weeks premature, and I was in the hospital for a week. Once I was released, I was with my son in the NICU for another week. Then he was in the pediatrics for a few days following. While my son was in the pediatrics ward, I got a call from my supervisor and her boss. They had called to tell me that they were letting me go because of the amount of leave that I would require. My son was released from the hospital with monitors and oxygen. I had to pay for it all out of my pocket because our health insurance stopped the day before he was released from the hospital. It has been almost 4 years, and I am still paying off bills from when my son was born.
I wasn't working with T-Mobile long enough to have the Family Leave Act take effect. I have to bite the bullet and pay these bills because T-Mobile dropped me and my family because I would need more time than they wanted to give me to recover.