I was a sales executive and I found out I was paid less than 2 men employed by the company with less knowledge and lower targets than me. I asked for a pay rise 3 years running.
One of my directors would always ask me in a “matey way” if I was going to have kids. He even told me he “couldn’t see me as a mother”. I chose to ignore him as i didn’t want to be seen as a trouble maker.
I did get pregnant and when I was 20ish weeks I spoke to my manager as there were no maternity procedures in place. I was told by the financial director that I was to speak to him direct “if i had a problem with the way my maternity was being handled”. Then he chased me for the next few weeks for the mat b 1 form.
I went into early labour at 23 weeks. My baby didn’t make it. I was heartbroken. Everyone at work was told not to get in touch with me as it could be seen as co-ercing me back. People I worked with every day for 8 years were not allowed to contact me. I called the director after being off for around 5 weeks. He said we could discuss my return to work when I was ready. I then received a letter in the post saying that if I wished to return earlier than a full year i had to give them 8 weeks notice plus take all my annual holiday. I would have been off for over 3 months. On maternity with no baby to care for. I had to contact Acas myself and take advice. After several cancelled meetings with my directors they finally met with me and agreed i could return as long as i signed a waiver for all mat rights. I did return and was assured by my director he was going to rectify the situation of the unequal pay. A week later he told me they were not going to pay me more but they would keep my targets low so that once achieved them I had the capability of earning the same as the men through bonuses. I resigned that day. The whole situation was handled terribly from start to finish. I am gutted by the way I was treated and I did take legal advice. I was told I had a good case for constructive dismissal or discrimination but I just couldn’t face that battle right then , especially while looking for another job.
I felt i was treated extremely unfairly. But was made to feel like a hysterical woman or a trouble maker!