June 25, 2024 at 3:43 am

Mean Boss Wouldn’t Let Her Work From Home While She Was Pregnant, So She Went To The HR, Got Her Leave Approved And Now The Boss Has To Work Extra

by Sarrah Murtaza

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance/pexels/Matilda Wormwood

Some bosses will do anything but act like decent humans!

This lady was pregnant full term but her boss won’t allow her to work from home.

Let’s check out how this lady made things go her way.

I should talk to HR about leave if I’m legitimately having trouble at work 1 week before my due date? Sure thing boss.

This happened last year.

I (F31) was 1 week away from my due date and was working full time in a school administration position.

She maxed herself out!

At this time I had the capability to work from home if needed (ex. too sick to come in to work, catchup on extra work, unable to secure daycare for my child, etc).

When I accepted the position (prior to my pregnancy) I was told by my boss (let’s call her Ronnie) that it was very flexible as long as I got my hours in.

She wanted to be there physically..

I very rarely worked from home and typically only did so for an hour or two in the morning if it was needed later on in order to work before obgyn appointments as it was a long commute between work and home/dr. office.

However, I was told by Ronnie after accepting the position to try and limit WFH to 2 days a month, which fine, at this point I was well under since I was only working an hour or two maybe twice a month, and only once a month before that.

Until she no longer could..

Being so close to my due date, I was experiencing physical hardships that made working on site more and more difficult such as dizzy spells, a pulled tendon in my foot, and severe back pain.

I was also scared of potentially going into labor while at work with it being so far away from the hospital my obgyn delivers at.

To top it all off, my coworkers started asking more invasive questions about my pregnancy that made me uncomfortable.

She wasn’t enjoying it at all.

All in all, it was not a fun time.

I explained all of this in an email to Ronnie and asked for her permission to almost exclusively work from home up until I go into labor.

I said I thought it would be a reasonable accommodation and I work really well from home.

Ronnie was mean and had no empathy.

Ronnie responded a couple days later denying my request to work from home at all and said I needed to be there since we would be starting some of our busiest work in a couple months (which I would be gone for on maternity leave anyways, so I’m not sure why she brought it up…), but I could talk to HR about leave options if I am truly having trouble working.

(BTW, it is illegal in my state to require an employee to take leave if there is a reasonable accommodation that can be made instead).

But she found her way through it.

Cue malicious compliance.

I immediately went to HR and did just that. We talked about options and found out I could start my leave the very next day and still be paid state mandatory leave pay for the extra time.

I informed Ronnie that I would be out starting the next day as I needed to take care of myself.

Ronnie was simply being selfish.

She said, “I understand you need to do what’s best for you, but you need to understand that I need to do what’s best for the team”.

So, ya, everything I normally managed basically went to crap in my absence as the other people on the team weren’t qualified to do the work and kept taking time off leading up to my due date instead of learning the basics while I was still there to teach them.

She did all her work!

I left detailed procedure notes and workflow lists, but I later found out Ronnie had to pick up all the extra work and a lot of it never got done since she didn’t have time.

But it was best for the team right boss?


The Boss was just being mean by not allowing WFH to someone so close to labor.

Let’s check out what the Reddit community has to say about this.

This person detests Ronnie.

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance

This person has too many questions!

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance

This person knows what the law says.

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance

This person shares how things are in Romania.

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance

This person has a lot to congratulate the lady on.

Source: Reddit/Malicious Compliance

Don’t mess with the mamas!

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