I was in an executive level position overseeing an entire division and reported directly to the CEO. I had over 12 years of experience in the field.
When I told my CEO I was pregnant, he said, “Are you fucking kidding me?!?!?!? … I mean, that’s great. That’s really great. I didn’t know you wanted kids.”
Comments were made to me about how they will ruin my career throughout the pregnancy. I finally took the last 3 weeks off to begin maternity leave (I was 2 weeks late with this pregnancy). I was offered a diminished role when I came back after 3 months with a new manager under the CEO. The pay was close to what I was making before, but my role had been diminished.
My new company – After taking a maternity leave there (second pregnancy) and coming back, there have been constant comments about how lazy pregnant women are and how their work never goes back to what they were able to do before baby. This is to me AFTER having taken maternity leave. Comments such as, “I don’t want to see her waddle around the office all slow.”
I have no problem confronting the president of this company and letting him know that I was just on maternity leave, however he laughs it off to my face.
He also gets angry when pregnant women have to take time off for Dr’s appointments. He sees it as “working the system”. I try to calm him down and let him know it is not a big deal. Half a day once a month doesn’t interfere with overall work production.
I take pride in my work. I see myself as a professional in my field. Motherhood and work are both hard enough without the negative comments.
When I have my own company I refuse to discriminate against pregnant women or mother’s with children at home. I will make every possible effort to support them by allowing for flexible schedules and time off for Dr.’s appointments. I will base my management and coaching efforts on their work production.