Unconscious bias has an impact

General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Law
Type of leave:
Maternity
Number of years professional experience:
11-15 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Mixed
Work pattern on return:
Standard full-time
Message I had 8 months off with my first maternity leave and returned to my job in a mid tier law firm (under pressure to return) full time as they made it clear that even 4 days a week would not be acceptable. I worked extremely hard when I was back but I felt I was viewed as having one foot out of the door as they were expecting me to get pregnant again. I was told I was partnership material and they put me on a partners programme and then I got pregnant again. I took 12 months this time and came back mid recession. They immediately announced a redundancy consultation on my return, my previous positive performance review was discredited and I was selected for redundancy. I found myself a client secondment which I went on that worked out brilliantly, they offered me a role within a month of being there and I never returned to the law firm. I think post maternity you lack confidence, you feel vulnerable and you cannot network to the same extent. Also none of the partners I worked with had wives who worked which shaped their views. Unconscious bias was rampant. However it worked out incredibly well in the end and the secondment gave me my self belief back.
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