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A partner is making tough for friend to go on a parental leave, saying if client cn manage w/o u for 6 wks...they don’t need u here...aren’t they suppose to help teams with this..what’s going on here

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Yes, M2. It is not ridiculous to say that you won’t have the same role on the same project when you come back from leave. You have every right to take leave, your job with the firm is protected as is your standing with the firm. Your client facing project role is not and it’s a little naive to think that it should be. Clients pay for results, they don’t have to observe our HR policies, only the written SOW. Partner doesn’t have to be a jerk about it but is acting in the best interest of the client and engagement which is correct from a service delivery standpoint.

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M2 - the way I look at it, yes the resource will get rolled off the project. But it's all about how you communicate it. Saying "if client can manage without you for 6 weeks" is essentially intimidating the resource into not taking the leave or postponing the leave to suit project timelines. And it's not just optics/wordsmithing. I was once intimidated the same way into not taking planned PTO. Even though I had informed the team before getting on the project that I have planned PTO coming up (this happened in a different part of the world where this behavior is considered normal).

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Unacceptable - send a message to HR or Ethics immediately.

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Do you know a more senior partner? Go above this dumb ass partners head, have the sr. Partner hand the jr. partner their ass and stay out of the middle.

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Unethical and illegal. Grounds for termination and lawsuit.

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Retaliation is taken seriously, and would/should result in another report to ethics/HR. What this partner is doing is completely unacceptable.

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That is completely unacceptable to give someone a hard time over parental leave.

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Completely unreasonable for the partners behavior. Please report to ethics and support the person taking leave. Signed PwC Director

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Unacceptable. Please contact HR right away

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Leave the project. Find a new partner And then call ethics Why would your friend want to work for this person after their maternity leave Your friend has to realize that who she chooses to work with reflects her character

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I would have suggested calling ethics but again this partner would know who reported and all progression / promotions / bonuses would be shitty

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M3, the problem is that this isn’t our culture. We walk the walk on diversity and helping people have lives outside the office and it’s not okay for partners to not walk the walk. Anyone who even hints at creating an environment like this has not been paying attention to our senior partners for the past 10 years and needs to be reminded of our values

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Sue them for all they’ve got. Then you’ve got paternal leave for eternity

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Supposed to be backfilled while you are out. Terrible partner. Sorry to your colleague.

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THIS is why this firm has gone to shit. That’s utterly ridiculous. Report them to HR.

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Wait, are they making it hard to go on leave or saying they may not have a role to come back to after leave? Those are two very different things.

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That partner is clearly a douche and should be reported for sure

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My entire leadership told me to take the full 6weeks to hang with wife and son. It’s an amazing time and benefit. Should just take it and not bother with this crap. If it’s held against you it’ll come through negatively for them. You need to deliver great stuff though after

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Wife is due early March, director informed me that 6 weeks would put me out the final 6 weeks before CRT and decisions are often made with a “what have you done for me recently” mentality. Brought up to partner and they agreed with director. Looks like I’m doing the 3 week option and using any downtime to update the resume.

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Go to ethics. Anyone from team could have gone. Should be anonymous enough

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Parental leave???? This is AMERICA 🇺🇸

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