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Discrimination whilst Maternity leave

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CharlW1 Fri 07-Feb-14 07:03:14

After recently experiencing discrimination whilst on maternity leave from work, it got me thinking to how common place this is.

My story is that the project team I was an integral part of (which I saw through from the beginning to its conclusion) was recognised at a works national meeting. Everyone from the project was asked up on stage apart from me (I was using a KIT day to attend said meeting). When I challenged it I was told it was because I was on maternity.

I know mine is a minor example but I'd be interested to hear other people's experiences.

arabellaandbaby Sat 15-Feb-14 08:58:56

Sorry to hear your story. That's so unfair that you didn't get asked on stage. You obviously played an integral part in it and should not have been overlooked. I would have been completely miffed too.

I had always had in my career progression plan at work to embark on the intermediate professional study course by a certain time.I asked the HR manager to check with the boss whether I could get straight on the course on my return to work.I was told no on two occasions. When I returned from maternity, I found out that a new colleague of mine who had started whilst I was away had been given the chance to study what I wanted to. I went straight to the boss and challenged her on why I had been refused when I had been with the firm for 4.5 years. She said I couldn't just demand it after returning from maternity.

I didn't settle for that, continued to challenge the boss and eventually I got the green light to do my studies. Although mine ended positively, I feel I shouldn't even have been put in that position in the first place.

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