According to Eleanor Mills at TimesOnline, women have become greedy with maternity leave.
“I am absolutely livid,” fumed my friend. A headhunter, she had just been told that a woman she had placed with a top FTSE company had taken a year’s maternity leave, come back, begged for a promotion (telling the HR department threateningly that she didn’t want to be ruled out just because she had a small child), got the promotion and two months into her new job announced she was pregnant again and would be taking another year off. The HR department boss was unhappy but could do nothing. The woman was within her legal rights.
“It just takes the piss,” said my friend. “Behaving like that just makes it much more difficult for the rest of us.”
My friend is not a dinosaur, she is a mid-thirties working mother who recruits men and women into senior jobs all over industry: “Every time a woman does that, it makes it that much harder for me to put forward a female the next time. Women who abuse the system give all of us a bad name.”
So am I reading this right? Apparently women who dare to want to have children and take the maternity leave they’re legally entitled to, are to blame for the glass ceiling. You hear that, ladies? You’re not just to blame for the fall of society and the state of the youth of today, but for sexism within employment as well. Wonderful.