When I returned from maternity leave a colleague had taken over my job and I was technically demoted – although they tried to paint a veneer over it. Then I was asked to attend the three day conference that would mean two nights away from home. As a single mother with no family nearby this would have meant taking my then 18 month old daughter with me. My employer said they could provide childcare during the day but in the evening I would either have to sit in the hotel room or leave my daughter alone. I weighed up the options, and decided it was not in my daughter’s best interests, or my own, to be in this situation so I said I would rather not attend. A week before the conference I was told I had to attend, and when I refused I was threatened with disciplinary action. A male colleague just said he had too much work on to attend and this was accepted, no questions asked! Two days later my manager rang me and said they wouldn’t be taking disciplinary action (I assume they had taken legal advice and realised to do so would have amounted to sex discrimination) and wanted to make sure I knew they all supported me! Unbelievable. As soon as I could, I left the role and moved to live where my family are. All this happened at the hands of a child welfare charity whose mission is to support families!