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Leaned in, Screwed Over

As a new mother, I put everything on the line for my job. I wish I hadn’t.

Medium, July 22, 2013

Shortly before the end of my maternity leave, I called my boss to discuss my new schedule. We’d agreed that I would work from home two days per week—but which days, we hadn’t decided.

“How about Mondays and Wednesdays?” I asked.

“I don’t think I want you doing that,” he replied.

“What do you mean?” I asked, trying to smooth the edge of alarm in my voice.

He’d changed his mind, he said flatly. He needed me to be in the office full-time. Every day.

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