One of my bosses told me to my face that they’re not going to give me any new work and projects because I was going to go on maternity leave

I found out about my pregnancy shortly after I accepted a new job. Needless to say I was stressing about when to tell my new boss, there didn’t seem to be a perfect time and I was also still in my probationary period. When I did tell him, his reaction was superb and not at all what I expected. I was so happy and relieved. BUT then came the end of my probationary period and HR dragged out their feedback. The owners, my bosses, had in the meantime sold the company and were trying to cut the headcount. I could feel that they were trying to find a way to get
rid of me, and I knew it wasn’t down to performance. In the end they missed their deadline to either extended or fire me, so they had to make me permanent. From there onwards everything changed. One of my bosses told me to my face that they’re not going to give me any new work and projects because I was going to go on maternity leave (2 months down the line). When the tube strikes happened in London they refused that I work from home for a day, making me commute for 6 hours at 7 months pregnant, while another pregnant colleague was allowed to work from home. When I got signed off by my GP for 2 weeks for PGP, I didn’t even receive an email to wish me well, instead my colleagues told me how my bosses were bitching about me, saying things like pregnancy is not an illness. In the end they brought my maternity leave forward AND tried to screw me over by not paying sick pay.
It was a horrible experience during what should have been an exciting, happy time for me. Even more disappointing for the fact that I really enjoyed working there, loved my colleagues and, until the harassment started, even liked my bosses a lot. Watch this space for what will happen when I return to work..

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