It’s demotivating to think that all the time I spent on my degree, post-grad and ten years experience was all wiped out when I became pregnant.

When I told my boss (a woman) that I was pregnant, she told me that ‘Women who get pregnant while in the workplace are betraying other women’.  She then told me that she hadn’t taken any maternity leave so why should I?  After this, she didn’t speak to me at all for three months, but relayed messages through other people.  When I applied for flexible working, it was turned down flat and the company (a small family-run business) followed none of the rules regarding the process.  I should have taken them to a tribunal but was put off by the cost and the effect it would have on my reputation – no-one wants to be branded as a trouble-maker.  As soon as I could, I left the company for another one which has given me a great work life balance but I’m vastly over-qualified for the job I’m doing now.  It’s demotivating to think that all the time I spent on my degree, post-grad and ten years experience was all wiped out when I became pregnant.

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