Maternity Scandal – story 3

The details of each of our interviewees have been altered in order to retain their anonymity.

Katie, 31, from Wolverhampton

Where were you working at the time of your pregnancy? “I was working for a large marketing company that had some very big clients.”

The Maternity Scandal – story 2

The details of each of our interviewees has been altered in order to retain their anonymity.

Laura, 30, from Exeter

Where were you working at the time of your pregnancy?

“I was working part time for a retail group in one of its main offices, taking phone calls from customers, dealing with queries and taking orders. I loved my job because every day was different.”

The Maternity Scandal – story 1

In February, we ran a piece entitled ‘The Secret Scandal of Pregnancy and Maternity Redundancy’ To accompany this, we asked you via Facebook and Twitter if this issue had affected you, and if so to share your stories with us. As a result, we received a number of fascinating – and very diverse – accounts of how this issue has affected the jobs of real women before, during and after their pregnancies.

Now, we’re sharing these accounts with you as a regular series. Once you’ve read the account below, and the others as they’re added,

Flexible working and bring your own device (BYOD)

On 30th June, amendments to the Flexible Working Regulations will give all employees who have worked for an organisation for six months the right to request flexible working.

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One of the results of this is that there is likely to be a lot more employees working from home. Because of this, the ability of the present generation of mobile devices to connect securely from outside the organisation is going to be key, which highlights the challenges of working in an “any device” world.

The secret scandal of pregnancy and maternity redundancy

1 in 7 women claim that becoming a mother has cost them their job.  Can the right to ask for flexible working help put an end to the discrimination epidemic?

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2014 sees the implementation of long-planned legislative changes, which will afford every worker in the UK the right to ask their employer for flexible working hours, regardless of whether or not they have children.

As a working mother, and one with a vested interest in the job market, I hope this will spark cultural and behavioural change, because something