Written by Laura Hensley (Global News) - Sep 26, 2019

When Janet found out she was pregnant, she was petrified to tell her boss.

The communications professional, who asked Global News to change her name to protect her identity, was 27 when she became pregnant. She thought taking maternity leave would diminish her chances of being promoted.

There were also no other mothers with young children at the Toronto agency where she worked, and she worried that co-workers would view her differently.

“I’ve read many stories and articles about the struggles of being a working mom and offices not being adaptive [and] I was fearful of what could happen,” Janet, now 31, said.

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