When Jen picked up her redundancy notice with one hand while cradling her new baby in the other, she was deflated, stressed and upset. But she wasn’t surprised. Are new mums still getting a raw deal in 2017?
Melanie Coben: Wow! Interesting, did not realise that it was happening to so many women. I was made redundant while on maternity leave. Have never been out of a job so was a huge shock & has been difficult to get back into the workforce.
Jacqui Stimson: Yep, returned back to work after maternity leave and finding daycare, which was stressful, and six weeks later I was made redundant. I saw a solicitor and I ended up with less money then originally offered. I was offered the redundancy because I had a baby. No one else was offered it even though I had worked there the longest. I was happy to continue working. You have no rights if you decide to start a family and no one will help!
Greg Contor: This is not new. I have and still do work with some marvellous mums. The pressure of them working while trying to nurture is enormous while at the same time in high-priority jobs does it place an enormous strain on companies.
Shelly Erickson: I was put off two weeks after I told my company I was pregnant – they had plans to send me travelling to different points around QLD but let me go when I was 3 months’ pregnant. This meant I missed out on government maternity leave pay, and I had worked since I was 16. Couldn’t get another job as I was pregnant and showing. Was so upset, and it put us in an awful position as there was no redundancy.