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I work for the XXX, XXX. I went on an overseas deployment in 2012 and have just finished. The following has happened with all decisions made by the area business manager, a woman and single mother. 1. I am a single mother. I deployed without my children in order to set up childcare etc, leaving my kids behind for 10 weeks. The posting was based in XXXwith travel to XXX. The XXX then denied my return to the XXX to collect my two children (then aged 6 and 8). This was eventually resolved by my line manager who exchanged their two business class tickets for three economy ones enabling me to return. My argument at the time was had I a spouse, they would be paying for his ticket regardless. This was very distressing at the time and unnecessary and clearly, in my view, unreasonable. 2. She refused my request for a familiarisation visit in 2012. However, my successor has been granted one (she is white, no kids, I am asian with two). 3. Though based in XXXX (and therefore entitled to the XXX hardship allowance), I travelled frequently to XXX in XXX. I was working for the XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX. The same XXX unilaterally denied my request for hardship allowance for the days that I spent in XXXX. It took TWO years for again, my line manager, to put a business case and have the payment made (nearly 10K before tax). The XXX decision was not reasonable as this is an allowance that is paid to all XXX (and indeed XXX ) employees on such postings. 4. Having just finished my posting, the same XXX made a decision to remove my COLA for Kenya without discussing the arrangements that had been made between myself and my line manager in order for me to do a handover in September to my successor. I therefore received £2000 less than I was expecting. She said on the phone she hadn't been able to get hold of my line manager but had no answer when I asked why didn't email or call me to get the dates when I would be working etc during that leave period. Line managers in the XXX try to avoid the XXX when making certain decisions as there is an understanding that she is unhelpful to put it mildly. In my case as an asian single mother, I was told by a senior manager that she was jealous of me and that she, as a single mother, had a problem with what I was proposing to do in taking my two children to do this. There is a XXXXlawyer who suffered similar, seemingly arbitrary decisions made by her that resulted in him eventually not renewing his posting in XXX Do I have anything that looks like a case? I have left the XXX now but feel that she has financially and emotionally taken a toll on me.
I've worked for XXX since 2005.
I'm still technically employed there but start a career break of 12 months on the 8th October.