Been with my employer ten years. Never taken a day off sick, been late,no disciplinary. After my first maternity leave (5+years ago) I negotiated set working hours, which benefited my self and the business. After my last maternity (year ago) I was told out right don't bother asking for flexible working you can't have it. ACAS advised that actually as I wasn't asking for flexible working but asking to return to previous pattern I was entitled to what I had before. I agreed that I could be flexible to a degree (partner works full time within business also) and with notice. Over last 4months I was told set shifts were not possible, and could I be flexible for the time being.i agree. I continuously asked for set shifts, not necessarily those I had previously but as my partner and i share child care and he is contracted to 50hours,my having set shifts meant we could organise child care whilst making sure DP (more senior than I) was there at crucial times. In the last six weeks I was given shifts that were impossible to do, as DP was in (same person deals with both rotas so I believe done purposely). I was being paid two different rates for doing the same job. My hours were cut and given directly to a younger team member "because they cost less" Other issues Upon telling my manager at the time I was pregnant I was told it was "pointless" putting me forward for courses and training. I applied three times for these courses but was refused because I was part time (not criteria for applying). In fact two singke,male, full time team members were both approved for the same course, despite having less experience and FOUR disciplinaries between them. The course is essential for profession/pay rise within the company. I've now left, DP still works there, I was offered another job and took my chance. I didnt want to leave but felt I had no choice. I'm still pissed off at how I was treated, I tried to go to HR once but the manager at the time made DP and my life so difficult I took early maternity leave. Is there anything I can do about it now?Or do I just forget about it?I wasted ten years of my life in what promised to be a career but turned into a waste of time. Congratulations and thanks if you made it this far!!!
Based on what you've written here (and I hope you have records to back it up as you will probably need them if you do complain), your former company haven't a leg to stand on because they have basically carried out sex discrimination and they have also managed to get you to leave by making your work conditions unworkable for you.
Agree with the others - get to an employment lawyer immediately and don't let this rest.
I would speak to ACAS & an Employment Lawyer to see what they think. As others have said,not raising a grievance at the time might disadvantage you. Do you have any documentary supporting evidence as that would help.
It is basic sex discrimination & then making your position untenable.