Ok... I have a work related question. I have a suspicion that there may be a bit of discrimination going on and want to get your thoughts.
The situation is this. There is a major restructure going on and in all likelihood my current job will no longer exist when I (theoretically) return from maternity leave. Essentially they will consolidate my department, and two others into one. There will be jobs I am qualified for that are/ will be similar to my current role in the new structure, (there are also no equivalent jobs to mine in the othe two departments that we are consolidating with), however I'm hearing whispers that there are preconceived views about who will fill those roles, and my name isn't one of them "because she is going on maternity leave". So I can see two issues which I think create grounds for discrimination...
1. That I am not/ or will not be consulted with re any available jobs in the new structure because I'm on about to go on maternity leave, nor given the opportunity to apply for them, and
2. I suspect there will not be a merit based process of appointment to the positions in the new structure, and certainly it's unlikely there will be PDs or clear criteria for appointment to these roles
....therefore my employer has neglected to provide for my entitlement to come back to the same or similar position, specifically due to excluding me from consideration of available roles in the restructure, due to being on maternity leave. (In fact one of the draft org structures I've seen shows one of my direct reports in the role that would be most equivalent to my current role!)
In addition to the above, there is some political ill feeling between the Exec General Manager (ie the ultimate decision maker) appointed to look after the new area and my department (particularly towards me and my boss), so I suspect there will be a bit of politics and personalities influencing the decisions around who gets what job.
Now, I say all this cause I think I've convinced myself there are (or will be) clear grounds for discrimination. So I'm looking for some advice. For anyone that works in hr/ employment law, what do you think about my reasoning? Is this real or am I grasping at straws cause I don't really want to go back anyhow....
It's kind of surreal cause I've adopted a "what will be will be" attitude and I'm not overly worried about the outcome of all this, but I can't stop thinking about it at the same time, purely based on principle!! Oh the joys of working in a chauvinistic environment! I never thought I'd be in this position.