Ok, I have to rant for a second. I normally don't just come onto the internet to rant in forums, but I literally can't get this off my chest enough. Firing a new mother - WHILE ON MATERNITY LEAVE NO LESS - is complete BULL****. My friend just had her first kid. Her first baby. Now, keep in mind that she worked up to just a couple days before the birth! She didn't even take time off when she could have, even though it was putting a lot of strain on her. Also, her boss had recently taken her out to dinner and told her what a great job she had been doing. So, she goes on maternity leave, and the boss gets a temp. Now, she thinks (though this could be biased) that the temp is giving him bj's. Or at least that's what the other workers in the office think. So, WHILE SHE IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE this sorry excuse for something with a soul decides to fire her and give her job to the temp. He claims she was "not thorough enough" with her cleanings (she's a dental assistant) even though he has never once complained to her about it. And I've known her for years, she is one of those people that never even got a B in school b/c she was such a perfectionist. Anyways, with the human sized genital wart that is her boss employing less than 50 people, she can't sue him. All she can do is hope to get unemployment. And then hope to get a new job - of which there aren't many in the city. Or many work out in the suburbs (she's in Chicago), so she'll have to get a new car. Oh, of course even if that's the case, there's still a 6 week old baby to worry about! What happens when daycare starts and she can't make it home in time because she works out in the suburbs? Ok, rant over (or, more accurately, moving on to a gchat with another friend that just came on). I hope this guy gets herpes from his new employee.