One of my team applied for a temporary promotion. She was eminently suitable for the position so , in line with our internal policy at the time, I endorsed her application. I knew she was pregnant but she had asked me to keep it to myself. After interview there were two candidates in the frame for the post, my nominee and another. I was asked by my manager if I thought she would be suitable for the post. I said honestly that I thought she would be an excellent choice. My team member was offered the promotion, however, I was told afterwards that I should have made my manager aware of her pregnancy (broken a confidence – against company policy) or not recommended her for the post (in other words, lied). There is no doubt in my mind that, had I made my boss aware of the pregnancy, the other candidate would have been offered the job. As a matter of interest, up to that time I was identified as having high potential. After the event I noticed a change in the opportunities offered to me. I was labelled as being “unreliable”, not “corporate” enough. Incidentally, the lady in question made a brilliant success of her promotion and on her return from maternity leave has been promoted twice.