Allegedly we are supposed to "work to live and not live to work" in life, but sometimes a toxic work environment can make you forget what you're even putting in the hours for. If an employee is sick, going through a difficult situation with family or a loved one, mentally unwell, or their work performance is suffering due to some issue that is largely out of their control, it's best to be empathetic. Although America is notoriously unrelenting when it comes to maternity leave or extra help for parents with young children, it is still illegal to discriminate against an employee strictly because they're pregnant. Of course, managers and employers expect the best work performance possible from their staff and taking advantage of a boss' kindness is inexcusable, but everyone makes mistakes sometimes.
So, when a frustrated employer decided to consult the internet's moral compass of Reddit's "Am I the As*hole?" about the work performance of his pregnant employee, people were eager to deem a verdict.