So I got this great offer for a job. 20 hours per week - 2 10 hour days. They even lowered my hours to 2 -9 hr days, but only for a moment
The first day went great. I lugged my big rented pump that operates on batteries and pumped twice in the bathroom. Nobody knew. I then got my office and pumped . OOPS! The office manager barges in through the locked door and finds me pumping. He was cool about it, or so I thought.
Then the other shoe dropped. I got an email this evening that changed my schedule to 2- 10.5 hour days AND they took away my office. So instead of working from 9-6, I am working from 9-7:30. I have an hour or more commute, so that makes me gone for almost 13 hours! My baby is only 6 months old, and I'll go two days in a row without seeing her awake. I don't know if I can do that.
Now my pumping in private without anyone knowing is over too. I know I am protected by law (I'm in Ca.) when it comes to pumping and they have to give me a private spot to do it. I wish I didn't have to take public transit or I would pump n my car if had to.
It's just so weird that they're being so hard core about staying the extra 1/2 hour with an enforced meal break. At my last job, I was also an exempt employee and always waived my lunch break and ate at my desk while working instead.
In fact, if I can get my office back, I can eat and pump and not have to have any time away from working (except to go pee, of course) Over 1/2 of my work time is spent writing/reviewing documents, so as long as I can have my office, I won't have to even take much time away except to clean parts.
I'm sure when I have to tell them about pumping they'll try to extend my day even longer. They can't do that of course, because exempt employees aren't supposed to get docked for pump breaks.
So it's weird, I'm a salaried employee being treated like an hourly staff.
Any ideas on how to start out on the right foot with this company? I don;t want to get into a p***ing contest at the very beginning, but I simply can't be away from my baby that long and I certainly can't quit pumping!
Here's my thinking : I work from 8:30 to 6:30 and waive my lunch break. That way I get home between 7:30 and 8 and can still be there to get LO into bed. No way would she go down to sleep at night without nursing.
As much as I need the money, I don't know if I can give up a chunk of DD's babyhood for a job.
Thanks for any ideas you might have...