I had worked for the same company for approx. eight years when I found out I was expecting my son. My boss seemed fine and readily agreed that I could come back to work after my maternity leave part time – I signed a contract to that effect. However, almost as soon as I returned I felt under pressure. I was pushed back to doing the most junior of roles, I was no longer included in anything interesting. I had a meeting with my boss after about five months, she told me that I was having a negative effect on the whole team. That other people’s development was being hampered because they had to cover for the time I was not in the office and that even other people’s holidays were being spoiled because of me. She openly went to heads of other departments to see if they would take me off her hands (one guy was embarassed and apologetic because she had loudly asked him this while I was sat just a few feet away!) Unfortunately, at the same time I was dealing with my mum (who had been looking after my son whilst I was at work,) having had a serious stroke. I had to quickly find a nearby nursery to get him into which, under the circumstances was increadibly stressfull. However, in order to be fair to this company, all the time I took off I took as holiday but it didn’t do me any favours. I was incredibly upset that my years of service counted for nothing. I ended up leaving before I was pushed out. Looking back (this was 2003,) I wish I had stood up for myself or sought some legal advice but it was all too much at the time.