I am 16 weeks pregnant and I am a store manager for a leading U.K. Fashion brand.
My team is a team of four members, myself the store manager in the company for nearly 4 years, my assistant manager in the company for a year and a half, a part time sales assistant in the company for 4 years and now my superiors have decided to employ a brand specialist for a salary higher than the sale assistant that have been great for those past years, which have been refused a promotion to senior and a pay rise. This new employee has a salary which is very similar to my assistant manager's one, therefore my assistant have now resigned due to this actions and the part timer is about to follow. Because of all this I will be left with the new starter and no senior employee until my maternity leave. The nature of the store business is very specific as we specialise in bridal, evening and couture wear so all the staff is infact a consultant, we also deal with fashion collectors with exact needs which now will have no one to rely on once I am gone. The company was fully aware of the emotional mood of the team once I told them that a brand specialist would have been employed, the part timer especially felt betrayed as a new position have been created in the company for this new starter but not for him (when I asked the promotion for this very productive sales assistant to senior, this have been refused by HR saying that such position did not existed in our company).
Now as a store manager my duties are to find the replacement and train them in a very short time, to be able to work once I will be gone. I now feel abandoned, betrayed and not heard by the company and need advise, I have discussed on numerous occasions with my union but seems to not be able to give me a proper advise of action. On top of all this I am worried for my job, baby and health as such stress could have been avoided by the company during my pregnancy. Please let me know your thoughts about it