I'm really starting to feel like I'm getting taken advantage of at work.
Backstory: I'm an attorney. Went to T15 law school, graduated w/honors, etc. 5 years ago. Got a job in commercial litigation at a boutique firm that paid = to Big Law and was miserable. I took this job a year later at a very small firm (still doing commercial litigation) and have been there 4 years. First 2.5 years, I made low 6 figures.
Things started going downhill when I got pregnant. I could tell my boss wasn't happy. I had horrible m/s, but still never missed a day. I was so nauseated and one day I literally started dry heaving in front of him (out of my control) and my boss commented, "Isn't it a little early for that?" I was 10 weeks. And it was little things here and there--my boss used to always take me out to lunch, but no more after I announced the pregnancy.
I ended up with pre-e and my LO developed IUGR--likely in part due to my high stress job. My MFM wanted me to cut back. I talked to my boss. He actually gave me MORE work (and more stressful work) after we had this conversation. Ultimately, I was pulled from work at 34 weeks and put into the hospital on bedrest because things had gotten so bad. I was delivered at 37 weeks. LO was tiny. I was paid out for my vacation and then not paid for the rest of the leave. While there was no written policy (very small firm), our receptionist got 14 weeks of paid leave. 6 weeks of paid leave is pretty standard in the field. But whatever. I got over it and came back after 8 weeks. Basically, as soon as I was released by the doc as I had a C-section.
I came back 3 days a week and was paid 60 percent of my base salary. In 2010 and 2011, I received a $30k-40k bonus both years. At the end of 2012, I got $1,000. Another slap in the face, but again I got over it. So basically, now, if things continue and I get almost no bonus again this year, I will end up being paid about 40-45% of my prior *total* compensation. Problem is, I still have about 70-80 percent of the work...and I'm continuously called on my days off to either come in or do something. It has been 5 days in the last month including Easter and Mother's day...both LO's first. I don't mind answering an email, but I'm talking about at least a day's work. The most recent was today where I find out I am expected to do three 30b6 depos on my day off.
I'm really feeling unappreciated. I know that I am good at what I do. Part of the reason I don't want to leave is because I like a lot of my clients and the actual work I do...plus, I have a good commute. I guess I could also talk to my boss about extra money, but I feel pretty sure it will not go well. The other alternative is to give my notice and stay at home/help DH with his business. DH makes more than enough and the little bit I am getting paid after taxes, I really just pay for the nanny, the maid and work clothes. Frankly, the only reason I am staying at all is that I'm afraid that if I get out of the field, I won't ever be able to get back in.
Any suggestions? Ideas?