Hi, I'm 14 weeks pregnant tomorrow and was just wondering about my rights at work. I work 5 days a week in a busy butchers/bakers/sandwich shop. I work 6 hours a day with no breaks and am on my feet and moving all day, and towards the end of my shift i'm expected to lift stock to refill fridges etc. And it's only going to get worse nearer Christmas.
Because it's only a 6 hour shift I figure I'm not entitled to a break normally anyway? Is that right? But since about 9 weeks, I've been so exhausted when I get home I nap right away for at least an hour, and on my days off, I'm too tired to do anything. It's becoming a chore just to drive home. Am I entitled to any breaks now I'm pregnant?
It's a small independent shop and my boss is very old. He's known that I'm pregnant since I knew, as I thought he would reduce my lifting loads, because at first I was afraid that would hurt the baby. But I'm so tired all the time, so I suggested I take a short five minute sit down, to which I was told that women used to have babies in the fields and carry on with work, and that I was just being soft.
I know I've rambled on for a while but i don't feel like work is taking me seriously. There was no risk assessment done when I told them, which I understand to be something they should have done, and in fact I don't think there are any anyway. Am I just being soft and expecting too much from them?
Thanks for any help.