Pregnant and left alone at work for hours is it legal?

I am 34 weeks pregnant. I have been having complications with my pregnancy, and my employer is aware these complications could cause me to go into labor at any time. Today, they required me to work my usual 5 hour shift, but 4 out of the 5 hours I was alone at our facility. I work at a convenience store. I didn’t get to take a single break in the 4 hours I was alone, nor would my manager respond to my text messages or voicemails I left for her. Is it legal for them to leave me alone at this facility like this with me having the complications I have and them being fully aware and informed via doctor’s statement?

Asked on September 11, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, a docror's note is not legally binding on an employer. Absent some form of legally actionable discrimination, it can set the conditions of the workplace much as it see fit. Therefore, unless your treatment violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it was legal. 

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