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I feel that I am being discriminated against. I am just about to finish up my maternity leave and my employer has called to let me know that our General Manager is concerned that 'i will not be able to fulfill my duties since I have a child. I was offered other non comparable jobs at a different rate of pay than my current paying job. I was told that I was going to be watched by the general manager to make sure i am working when she feels i should.
maybe i am wrong but this was not only intimidating but very upsetting. i have had impeccable track record with this company and I was have been an employee for over 10 years.  
   
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1. Ask for a meeting in which you will meet with your General Manager.

2. Ask what concerns did he/she have about your job responsibilities and why they think you won't be able to handle them.

3. Do let them know how you will be handling childcare issues - if this is what concerns them.

4. Call home ONLY on your break time or during lunch to see how your baby is doing unless it's an emergency either way.

5. Have a baby webcam where you can "see" how your baby is doing but check up ONLY during official break time or during lunch. Most companies give one lunch and two breaks in the day.

6. If breastfeeding your baby through hand-pumping, ask for a set time and place where you can do this discreetly. (They CANNOT deny you the ability to do this.)

You can freeze breastmilk (I did), so when nighttime or weekends comes, squeeze an extra bottle or two (in case there's a problem where you can't get home on time or during inclement weather) and freeze.

7. Say, in a non-confrontational manner, "It is my understanding I am eligible for a "comparable" job when I finish my maternity leave. DO you have any comparable jobs available right now? Then review...

8. Review company policy (found in handbook) on maternity leave and CAREFULLY read what it says.

6. Take a deep breath and work as diligently as you normally would. Don't let them get to you. Smile more, act happy. Pretty soon, they'll find less to complain about and will tire of making you a target. And you'll start to feel happier too. Happy mother, happy baby!

7. Bring in baby pictures of your child (ongoing, yet tasteful intervals) and make sure the General Manager and your supervisor sees them. Remark how much she/he looks like your husband or you. (The more they're exposed to your joy and your personal life, the more they'll be "drawn" in to you as a person, and the less they'll feel compelled to intimidate you.)

You sound like a wonderful, conscientious employee!

Hope this helps!
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We are all under the eye of our supervisors. just do your job, and don't worry too much about any extra eyes. It is natural that they be concerned. By the same token, don't accept something that you feel isn't right either.
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