Getting Sacked While On Maternity Leave

Two days after Amanda* announced her pregnancy, her employer couriered a termination notice to her home. She’d just been promoted so it’s unlikely she was being sacked for poor performance.

You don’t have be Einstein to work out that marketing manager plus bub equals “Your services are no longer required”.

Fortunately, Amanda’s father is a lawyer. Within 48 hours she had negotiated a payout from the company.

While she won compensation, it was hardly a victory.

Amanda lost a job she enjoyed, as well as the security and the identity of having a job to return to after her maternity leave. Most probably, she has also lost the ability to work part-time.

Women returning to the same job can often negotiate flexible work arrangements, but otherwise, meaningful and well-paid part-time work is very difficult to find.

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