Work Confessions

  • My boss fired me when I told him I was pregnant. This was for a toystore company. We love kids. Not apparently my boss. So horrible to be pregnant and jobless. In Wisconsin if you have under 15 employees you can legally terminate employees for any reason :(

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  • I had a miscarriage at work and am having a really hard time dealing with it...I made the mistake of telling a few close friends at work (not my manager) and I feel awful. I want to take a week off of work (I would treat it like a vacation) but I"m worried about seeming weak.

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  • I'm a young engineer who landed a great job with a a huge company. Feeling disheartened because engineering isn't satisfying me. Maybe care-giving careers are better suited for women? I have no female engineer role models. Don't know how to switch out of engineering after accumulating school debt or how to face my family if I did. And if I do switch out, am I just perpetuating the gender gap in stem? :(

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  • I was laid off last year after being overworked and underpaid for almost 6 years at a company where there were only 2 role options: management or non-management. Management roles meant a "whopping" $4k raise to triple your workload and stress. Being laid off was the best thing to happen to me. It gave me time to get my financial, health, and spiritual houses in order. It also lowered my stress to the point where my husband and I are now expecting.

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  • My ex boss was not supportive when I had a chronic health issue after 3 years & had to take intermittent FMLA due to being incapacitated many mornings. She said my colleagues could help with my (2 person) workload since we were a team and denied my WFH request. They were free b/c they handled their own clients; team expectation was to assist anyone's client. The same boss commented that I needed to do my own work & penalized me on my review. I resolved issues for all team clients. Not anymore.

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