A week before I returned, as a way to “help me transition back to work,” my boss informed me via email that my hours would be reduced from 35 to 20 hours

I was working at a part-time exempt job for a small private preschool. I put in for FMLA leave mid-pregnancy and made very detailed and clear instructions for my absence. I never missed a day during my pregnancy, and only missed part of the afternoon for appointments. My leave was 8 weeks unpaid, and I wasn’t making much to begin with. A week before I returned, as a way to “help me transition back to work,” my boss informed me via email that my hours would be reduced from 35 to 20 hours! She did not give me a choice on the matter. I was nervous about returning to work, so I was fine with it, but my husband was very upset. That meant that 3/4 of my paycheck would be going to daycare, even with the employee discount I received (the Montessori preschool also had infant/toddler care). The transition back got worse, as my boss’s daughter, who was next in charge, made it clear that my position had changed. In addition, as often happens, my daughter and I got sick a few times, and I had no PTO left so I had to take 4 unpaid days. Plus now that I worked fewer hours, my boss informed days before the holiday break that I no longer qualified for holiday pay. Needless to say, I started looking for a new job asap. Fortunately I found one, but the whole situation really sucked. It was even harder because I felt so unsupported at work even though I never let being pregnant or having a child affect my responsibilities. It hurt even more because I worked for an early childhood school and a pioneer business woman who had worked and also raised two kids, but really didn’t seem to care. It wasn’t worth fighting for, because I also ended having an argument with the boss’s daughter shortly after my return, and almost had to quit, so I really thought I would be fired if I said anything. It was a sucky situation, and I ended up finding a better job and leaving within 5 months.

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