AOL is reporting on a study that found that some women don't feel they can take the full maternity they are allowed:
The study released Thursday by CareerBuilder found that nearly 1 in 3 (30 percent) of women who have had a child in the past three years have cut short their maternity leaves, not taking as much as their employers' policies would allow. Of women who have had children in the past three years, less than half -- 44 percent -- took eight weeks or more of maternity leave. The rest took less, often far less.
According to the survey, 12 percent of women went back to work after taking a leave of just two weeks or less. CareerBuilder, an AOL Jobs partner, speculated that "competitive work environments" and "demanding positions" are discouraging women from taking full advantage of maternity leave.
The article also goes on to say that paid maternity leave benefits are decreasing while pregnancy discrimination complaints have increased.
How worried are you about discrimination if you took full maternity leave? Have you ever witnessed it in the workplace?
When I was on leave with my twins, the CFO was convinced I wouldn't be back and treated me pretty poorly (the HR manager had very loose lips). After I came back, he was amazed at my performance, while I was doing nothing different than before I went on leave. It was all his own misperceptions, not my work ability. He had no concept of needing two paychecks to survive, I had no choice but to return.