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Don’t let manager’s attitude taint new mom’s career

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Some managers don’t think mothers-to-be are serious about their work. That attitude can spell trouble for an employee’s future opportunities in subtle ways. Don’t let it happen.

Recent case: Michelle was a project manager in the financial industry. When she announced her pregnancy, she said her boss began second-guessing her, stating that having a baby would make work difficult. After returning from maternity leave, she claimed she was bypassed for projects. Michelle quit and sued, alleging constructive discharge.

The company said it had allowed her to return to her job with the same benefits and pay and therefore wasn’t liable. The court said that she still might have a case and that a jury should decide if her career had suffered after the pregnancy announcement. (Magdo v. Fidessa, No. 104942/2010, Supreme Court of New York, New York County, 2014)

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