A reader writes:
I am a woman in my mid-thirties, working at the director level at a midsize public company. I have six direct reports, including two managers with direct reports of their own. I am pregnant, and planning my maternity leave.
I live in California, which has some unique laws surrounding allowed leave, so that basically, given a “typical” pregnancy, my job is protected while I am on leave from 36 weeks pregnant to 18 weeks after the date I give birth (there is some pregnancy disability leave allowed