Draconian & discriminatory society, not just employers, the government too! My contract of employment with my local council “was no longer required” two weeks after I informed them I was pregnant. Was then subjected to the Job Centre humiliating process of finding another job while pregnant (yeah, ok then!)… After I had my son I returned to work when he was just six months, as a single parent wanting to support myself I took the first job that came along, a large supermarket chain “who are family friendly”, more issues came along when shifts were suddenly allocated just outside of childcare hours (despite making it clear & agreeing when I could work)…. Disciplinary’s followed as I would be persistently 30 minutes late for a shift or because I had to leave on time to collect my son. I left after 12 humiliating & demeaning months!
Next job was for a family run travel company I used to work for… Brilliant! Until they sold to a larger chain, my partner moved in and childcare costs on my minimum wage salary left me with just £30 a week, not worth working, so I follow “the process” to reduce my hours to one day a week…
Suffice it to say, I’m now a full time mum focusing on finishing my degree to (hopefully) better my prospects, giving my son the best of my time while he’s still young… And skint beyond belief!
It makes me cry how mothers are treated by employers & the government… Working, raising a family, managing a house & for some studying too, yet we’re still not good enough! It’s utterly disgusting!