working late and weekends whilst heavily pregnant counted for nothing. I was still penalised for having a baby

In the weeks prior to my second maternity leave, I trained up a couple of new recruits to take over my clients. When I came back the structure of the department had completely changed and so was the middle management. Although I kept my salary, I found myself in a team whose head was one of the people I had trained. At first, I was given the job that any entry-candidates would do. At some point I was even given some of the tasks a leaving intern was doing. After a couple of months and a few meetings with management, I asked to be given a workload that would be matching my skills and experience (around 6 years in that company), but was told that given the current structure, nothing was available. I insisted and was given a ‘title’ that didn’t really translate into anything tangible in terms of workload. After one year coming back I quit and worked for about two years freelance with the same company but a different department. Another year and I got further freelance work thanks to a recommendation by the very person I had trained, who had then moved on. Which really is telling: It is all down to individuals which isn’t right. The law says you should be going back to your job.
– I felt penalised because I had a child
– All the work I had done (from the everyday to the extra mile such as working late and weekends whilst heavily pregnant) counted for nothing.
– Restructuring didn’t factor in people who were not physically there. I Wasn’t kept in the loop when these changed happened.
– Some companies and management do not value their staff and are not interested in the long term benefit of having loyal and dedicated staff. Managers come and go, do their own little thing without any peripheral vision.
– I feel that I will never be able to come back to the level I managed to achieved before having children.

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