Just looking for some advice... The past few days have been hell
Has anyone been subject to discrimination after they returned from maternity leave?
Here is a brief run down on events..
- i started at this company in 2004 as a trainee, put on staff after my traineeship and have been promoted twice.
- before i went in maternity leave (April 2011) i was in a team leader position - full time.
I returned to work on Jan 10th 2012, working 4 days a week. My employer agreed to 4 days prior to my return.
I had done everything right while on leave like keeping in touch etc, even came in a few days when they were desperate to help out. When i went in on the 10th, it was as if they didn't know what to do with me. My pre maternity leave position was not available due to a restructure. I was pretty much told to 'help out here and there yadda yadda yadda'.
My manager finally had something for me to do... Go and fix one of the accounts we have. I thought yeah all good... I like a challenge.
I worked 2 weeks on this account and kept asking for my paperwork from me returning. I got my new letter of offer Thursday afternoon...
I HAVE BEEN DEMOTED!!
my new letter states the position I was in when i first started at the company! ... I couldn't believe it!
Can they do this? Yeah my pay is the same... But Im coming back to equal pay but not equal status.
Im gutted... I have been at this company nearly 8 years. Is this discrimination? From what i HAVE researched they can't do this. Im at the same level as the people that used to report to me.
I would have been happy with a redundancy... Instead i think they are now trying to push me out because i requested 4 days only. They could have rejected my request on reasonable business grounds but they didn't.
I've called in sick today and seen my doctor about it and he's given me the week off due to stress (certificate just states medical condition).
I've spent all Friday and the weekend in tears... Im just shocked at what they have done.
Im thinking of calling the equal opportunity commision in the morning to see if what they have done is discrimination. I am resigning (not giving notice... Burning bridges doesn't bother me. I have impeccable references from my old boss') Im not going back. I know ill lose my 20 hours annual leave i HAVE owing but out of pride in myself i just can't go back.
My work record is outstanding! All my performance reviews have been above satisfactory.
Sorry if the above makes no sense... My head is in a million different places at the moment. I don't want to come off as a 'whinger' if i persue it but at the same time i don't want something like this to happen to other women.
Fwiw... I work in a very male dominated industry.
Has someone been in a similar situation? Im not generally someone to be all 'poor me' but its just not fair
On the bright side though... I HAVE already been approached by an ex employee of my company who has offered me a new job. 3 days a week paying what i was on 4 days at this company.
Should i just resign, take the new job and leave it be?
I hope someone out there has had similar experience... Sometimes its hard enough to be a working mum without all this crap on top of it.
Im rambling... I just don't know what to do
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