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25/04/2013 at 10:13
Just seeing if I stand on this really as the reason for me not getting a pay rise might be down to pregnancy.
My boss pulled me in to his office about 6 weeks ago and informed me and my colleague (we work in a team) that we would both be getting a pay rise due to us hitting targets consistenty etc. I was told that it would be left a month as someone had just been sacked so he wanted that to settle down and then we would talk about it.
Since then nothing has been said. About 1-2 weeks after this discussion I told him I was pregnant as I had to have 2 doctors appointments on back to back days and then was booked in for an early scan the morning after and I couldn't keep making excuses about all the time off I was having in such a short space of time and didn't want to lie.
He was completely taken aback and I know it wasn't something he was expecting. I feel like I have shot myself in the foot by being honest as now I am unsure whether this pay rise is going to materialise because he is going to have the added expense of bringing someone in to cover while I am on maternity leave. If my colleague gets a payrise and I dont (I'm hoping she will be up front with me!) do I have grounds for discrimination?
25/04/2013 at 12:25
It absolutely would be discrimination not to give you a pay rise due to you being pregnant - in no way can work treat you less favourably.
I would ask about it and if they say it isn't going through ask for a reason (in writing so via e-mail would be fine) and take it from there - happy to help if you need any further advice.
Hope they're just being slow!
25/04/2013 at 12:27
Tbh I'm not sure where ud stand. Was it given to you in writing the new terms of payment and when the rise would start? If not then I think u might be hard pushed to prove you were going to get it (that's assuming it doesn't materialise iyswim)
25/04/2013 at 12:31
That is true to an extent CP and a lot would hinge on whether the other person gets a payrise as well - but if you were both told then you would be witnesses for each other to say the conversation happened and a verbal contract is still a contract just harder to prove the existence. It's definitely worth persuing as most employers are pretty scared of any hint of pregnancy discrimination.
25/04/2013 at 13:34
No nothing was in writing or even agreed in terms of amount/ start date etc. I work for a small family run company and I was taken in to MD's office a day or 2 after an employee had been dismissed and was told that I would be getting a payrise and to wait a month and we will discuss further. I will ask my colleague if anything has been discussed there and if not I am definitely going to bring it up in a few weeks as feel like I deserve one!
25/04/2013 at 14:21
I wouldnt go jumping to conclusions just yet, it may have just slipped his mind. I'd just send him an email or speak to him and say 'It's been a few weeks since you discussed a payrise with me and X, and I just wondered when were going to have that further discussion about it.'
I dont think there is anything yet to suggest he's being underhand about it.
25/04/2013 at 19:50
Well I got my official payrise notification this week, the day after starting mat leave! Even when you're off they have to consider you for payrise a based on your performance before going on leave. I'd wait and see what happens
25/04/2013 at 23:01
I second what PC said, and would emphasise to e-mail them. If they reply verbally make notes and e-mail them to yourself (personal e-mail).
I did similar last year after a very unPC meeting with my CEO, thankfully I've not had to use it but it's good to have a written record.
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