I was reading something this morning and it reminded me of another occasion where a company treated me like sh*t.
Whilst working for company A (great work, terrible management), I applied for company B, who offered me a senior Design Engineer position. The next day, I found out I was pregnant, so decided to decline the job as it wouldn’t be fair on neither me nor them.
18 months later, when my son was 9 months old and I’d gone back to work, I was contacted by the recruitment agency again, and asked if I’d be interested in going into see them, as I was better than the other candidates they’d seen.
I went it, had a great discussion with the boss, and they agreed to let me work part time (3 days a week) to fit in with my current child care. YAY!
They sent me a signed contract and the recruitment agent wanted me to hurry up and resign so I could start ASAP.
There was a mistake in the contract. The holidays hadn’t been calculated pro-rata, so I’d only get 60% of 20 days instead of 28 days, and as all the bank holidays fell on the days I didn’t work, this would put me below the legal minimum of holiday, losing out on nearly 5 paid days of holiday, equating to over £800!!
I pointed this out and asked to have it corrected. Very simple!
The next thing I know, I get a letter saying they’re really sorry, but the job is no longer available. They claimed to have just had some technology breakthrough, so were focussing all their efforts into this instead of the new project.
All too convenient if you ask me, but I guess I’ll never know…