I was working as a contractor doing IT development and training. Despite this company being my only client they refused to give me an internal contract so I had to remain self employed. As soon as they found out I was pregnant my contracts started to disappear and by 6 months pregnant I was essentially unemployed. I was given small contracts by sympathetic staff that didn’t need to go by the boss. I actually had to pretend I wasn’t working for them! From when my son was 6 months I was applying for every job I could – admin, IT, Training anything I had experience in! No one was willing to give me a chance because I had been self employed and because I had taken time out of work.
My child is nearly 2 and a half and I finally found work two months ago but I have taken a dramatic pay cut.
No one admits to it but if you have kids you are screwed and if they THINK you might want more you are screwed. I have been outright asked if I want more kids. It’s not right but I feel powerless to do anything about it.