I worked for my employers for nearly 9 years before becoming pregnant, and was in a job that I loved, but was the only woman in my department. I was excluded from vital training when I was pregnant, that all the rest of my team were sent on (all men) and told I would be sent on the course when I returned from Mat. Leave. When I was due to return to work I applied for flexible working and asked to fit my hours into less days or to be given the opportunity to jobshare or work from home. In my opinion each of these options could have worked but I was refused due to “business need” and despite going through the appeals process was told I either had to return full time or not at all. I returned to work and for three months left my screaming one year old in childcare, often crying myself all the way to work. I asked to be sent on the course that I was excluded from when pregnant and was told there was no longer any money in the training pot and they couldn’t afford for me to have the training. I sat with my manager on a few occasions and pleaded with the company to help by allowing me less days, but each time they refused. In other departments women work 2 days a week and this was commonplace. In fact two months after I returned a colleague in another department but who sat behind me returned and was allowed to work 2 days a week. In the end I handed my notice in and left my job to be able to spend more time with my baby. I was immediately replaced by a man so the department is now all-male.