I was handed some paperwork that I didn’t think much of until I had a proper look when I got home only to find I’d been given my p45

I was working in a fairly busy bakery when I found out I was pregnant. I was quite far gone in the pregnancy when I found out which meant I was classed as ‘high risk’ due to them not knowing if there had been any problems in the early stages of the pregnancy. I told my boss because we needed as much money as possible to be able to pay for baby essentials and also needing to move to somewhere bigger, I didn’t mind working more hours, which was fine by her. As I was getting further along in my pregnancy someone was brought in who would be my maternity cover. I trained him in everything he needed to know but as the shifts were being organised my hours were being cut more and more and by the time it came for me to leave, I was only given a handful of hours that worked out as less than £30 for my last two weeks. Whilst I was still working and heavily pregnant I was still expected to mop the entire bakery at the end of the day and carry the large industrial baking trays! And when I went into the bakery a couple of weeks after giving birth so my colleagues could meet my daughter I was handed some paperwork that I didn’t think much of until I had a proper look when I got home only to find I’d been given my p45. No job and no maternity pay.

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