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08/09/2008 at 21:40
In brief, this is what has been happening. I was due back to work end of July, but I was diagnosed with PND in May, and was not well enough to return to work, so doc signed me off until begin. Sept. I've been feeling much better, so I had a meeting with work about going back part-time. I put in a request to do 2 days a week. As I have taken my AML, my original role (sales and marketing co-ordinator) is no longer available - apparently, it has become more 'technical', and my boss and the HR Manager felt it was no longer suitable for me. They told me there was a similar role available in another dept., I said I would be interested.
However, I got a letter a few days later, saying the alternative was no longer available because the present incumbent had 'withdrawn her request for part-time working'. The letter said that the receptionist had decided to leave to return to full-time education, so the position would shortly be open, but they were not sure if it would work as a job-share and I would have to take a lower salary if I accepted the position.
Can they do this? I have tried looking up info from Citizens Advice, but it's not very clear on your rights if you go back part-time. I considered having a consulatation with a solicitor, but I simply can't afford it.
Bear in mind, my boss told me when I approached her about going back part-time in December '07, that (and I quote) : "the last girl who had a baby and wanted to come back part time, we wouldn't let her"
If any of you lovely mummies have had a similar situation, or know someone, or are indeed, yourself, a solicitor, can you advise me? I am due back there on Wednesday this week, and I would love to know if I have a case for sex discrim., I would fight 'em all the way.
Wishing you all a good nights' sleep!
08/09/2008 at 21:51
08/09/2008 at 21:54
I no just how you feel in a way hun.
I went for promotion while preggers and had every intention of going back but got denyed the job to a lesser male who had only worked for the company a yr(id been there 3 and had previous exp)
You need to check out a company called acas, www.acas.org.uk or their number is 08457 474747(it should be right) they will tell you all you need to know but like you say you can always go to CAB as well and they will also help you,do it now as then it will be noted on record that you have these concerns.
The company are ment to ofer you the same job back regardless of how techincal it get,they do training and are not allowed to give your job to anyone else even up to 3mths after you leave the position in case you decide to go back to it,they are ment to try and come to some sort of arrangement on times and days with you but if their is a valid reason for not giing your old job bak it must be a direct alternative to what you do at the same rate of pay.
Ive been through this and seen my ex manager demoted to sales asst but i was still unhappy and decided not to return to work and am now a sahm.
All the best hun
08/09/2008 at 22:27
Emma - thanks for the Acas link, I'll definitely be giving them a call tomorrow...can't believe what you went through with work though, supposed to be 'Equality in the Workplace' but it's all nonsense, we're still discriminated against for doing the most natural thing in the world, having babies. Employers are just getting more sly about finding the 'loopholes' in the law and what they can get away with.
Grrr.....I'm extremely bitter at the moment.
I'd better get off to bed now, chat soon I hope xx
08/09/2008 at 22:29
I was in an all male wrk place when the female asst manager left and i still did all the management stuff.
Anywho take care and let us no how you get on with it.
09/09/2008 at 13:42
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