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Discussion on: The Sad Truth as to Why I Chose to Change Careers to Software Engineering

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squidbe

Wow, sorry you and your family had such a difficult time.

I spoke with my director to return to work after just 2 weeks of unpaid maternity leave (not really leave, more of a two week vacation) only to find out that another person had been hired in my place and given my laptop (which had been wiped).

Are you in the USA? Depending on the state, that's actually illegal. I suppose it probably doesn't matter to you now, but if they broke state law, you should report the employer regardless; it can help current/future employees there. They did a crappy thing to a pregnant woman, and they should pay for it if at all possible.

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Yes, I'm in Florida. It is absolutely illegal and I actually did get HR involved. It's a long story... But after discussing it with my sister and close friends and family, since they had already basically bullied me out I am the one that chose to resign. HR was fully ready to save my position, but only until my return. Which could have been for one day for example. Who's to stop the director from firing me the next day upon my return and saying it was for something entirely different and having that reflect negatively on my resume? Rather than fight it, I just accepted it. I also did not want to face my colleagues, who ignored my messages when I asked for updates and knew my situation. I don't want to work for someone who couldn't see my worth and replace me that easily when I literally needed it the most. That is no sort of family to me. And since we spend more time at work than at home, that's the kind of company environment I want to work in.

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squidbe

I totally get that. What I was suggesting was to file a wrongful termination suit. Termination during maternity leave is an obvious violation in most (all?) states.

You've obviously moved on; my point was to try to hold your former employer legally accountable so they'd think twice before pulling that BS again. Anyway, glad things are better for you now.

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I wish I could, trust me I asked a lawyer. But our office had 4 women all of which were pregnant at one time and it would have been hard to prove :/ They simply could have said it was cause of something else. The lawyer said those types of lawsuits are extremely difficult to win, especially ones against state schools.
I wish the girls there all the best. They were kind to me while I was there. Ultimately it was upper management who was out of touch. But isn't that always the case ;) I'm sure karma will be served.
I love your passion for justice. Thank you for reaching out 💪🏼