Hi Ben thank you for your response. I have drafted an email to my employer regarding my concerns please would you be good enough to have a brief look form?
Further to your letter received on 28th May 2015 regarding my job role at Diaquip, I have consulted with Maternity Action and been given advise regarding this matter. I initially requested reduced hours only, in order to care for my daughter and felt that the changes you were proposing were to my detriment.
When I attended a meeting with you to discuss my request for reduced hours it appeared that my maternity cover was going to continue my role. This would be considered as less favourable treatment and unlawful by refusing aspects of my role I left whilst on Maternity leave. You stated in your initial letter “Rachel would continue with the daily tasks” however when we discussed the matter by telephone you then advised the aspects of my job that she was doing were not “Finance” they were “Finance Administration”.
With that said you have advised I cannot return to my role following maternity leave, have you ultimately made my job redundant whilst on maternity leave, you should have consulted with me as this is classed as pregnancy/maternity discrimination.
You also stated in your letter that further to my concerns over my job role you felt it necessary to withdraw my promotion that I accepted and signed a contract to in 2014.
Following your letter I feel I have been undermined and responsibilities eroded. You stated you felt it best to reconfigure the structure following my absence after 12 months Maternity leave, In accordance with Regulation 18 of the Maternity leave regulations 1999, Demotion is classed as sex discrimination and unfair treatment. If the above claims were made to an employment tribunal it would amount to discrimination and/or unlawful detriment.
Whilst I appreciate that the circumstances may have changed within the business I feel my request was reasonable and fair and the advise that I have been given suggests that your response to my request is not so. I am not certain how we can go forward with all the above to be considered as I do feel this has affected me personally. As I am due to return on 18th June I do feel that a response its urgently required. I understand that these matters take time, but I did not receive a response for two weeks plus previously. I would appreciate your response at your earliest convenience.