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Have you been fired or laid off?

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Can I be fired for being pregnant?

No, pregnancy is not a reason for your employer to fire you. An employer who fires you because you are pregnant or because you might get pregnant is breaking the law. You may want to get legal advice if your employer has violated your human rights by discriminating against you because of pregnancy. See Where can I find out more and get legal help? for where to get legal help.

If you have worked for your employer for at least 13 weeks before your due date, you can take up to 78 weeks off work. You might qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits for part of this time.

When your leave is over, your employer must give you your old job back, with no cut in pay. If the pay for your job has gone up since you went on leave, you must get the higher amount. If your old job no longer exists, your employer must give you a similar job with no cut in pay.