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Is there any discrimmination here?

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BoydCrowdersTeeth Wed 11-May-16 09:12:39

I am due to return to work in a month.

My original post was 25 hours and a cover replacement employed on the same hours.

I am friends with my manager who was also on mat leave herself until April.

My mat cover person has asked above line manager if there is any scope to be kept on.

Line manager has just told me via text that they "have found money to keep her on for one day per week"

I am pissed off because :

Surely I should have been offered extra hours if MY ROLE required them.

If I hadnt been on Mat leave they would not have thought to employ another person - I would have been offered extra (or just expected to do more/ over longer time period)

Any help appreciated!

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pippistrelle Wed 11-May-16 10:32:15

You're returning to the same job on the same terms and conditions - that meets their legal obligations. In fact, they could have said that the job now involves longer hours, they've employed someone who can do that, and offered you a different role on terms and conditions that are no worse that those of your current job. They could have offered you the extra hours, but there's no obligation to do so.

Sounds like your maternity cover person was good, and they want to find a way to keep him/her on. He/she simply - and reasonably enough - asked.

I'm afraid I don't really see that you have grounds for pissed offness, unless you've been in touch during your maternity leave requesting extra hours.

IceMaiden73 Thu 12-May-16 21:48:00

I agree with Pippi - no grounds for arguing against this, they have fulfilled their legal obligations

lougle Thu 12-May-16 22:07:57

I agree also. The legal obligation is to offer you your previous job back or a job that is on the same terms and conditions as your previous job. You have no right to additional hours.

Your maternity cover is presumably coming to the end of her current contract and has now negotiated a one day per week contract to start on your return. Perfectly reasonable. They haven't decided that YOUR ROLE needs extra hours. They've decided that having an extra person on one day per week would be helpful.

jclm Thu 12-May-16 22:10:30

Would you want extra hours after the birth of a baby? Most mums are the opposite. Xxx

BoydCrowdersTeeth Fri 13-May-16 21:59:52

Grrrr thanks for taking the time to reply.

I think I am just feeling childishly territorial - there is only my one role within our team of about 15, I liked ot being just me. Stamps foot!

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Spam88 Fri 13-May-16 23:13:03

Perhaps you going off on maternity made them realise that actually it isn't a very good idea only having one person carrying out a role, so they want to employ another person for resilience.

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