I was on maternity leave when the company I work for decided to make my temporary position permanent.
My baby was born with difficulties and I had to undergo surgery as well so when I heard I would have to apply for what I regarded as my job, I felt the timing couldn’t have been worse and I felt very vulnerable.
I was breastfeeding when I was called to the interview. I went in and did the best I could but there was no way that this was a level playing field with all the other candidates in the same situation as me!
I didn’t get the job. They never wanted me to otherwise they would have waited for me to have come back from maternity leave before making it a permanent role.
The irony now is that the younger colleague who got my job is now on maternity leave and I am covering her! They wanted someone younger and full-time but of course now she’s older and part-time.
I try every day to be supportive of all working parents and flexible workers – if I can effect a chance in attitude, then I think things can get better.