Worker told it was not 'her turn' to have a baby
A Japanese childcare worker has been reprimanded by her boss for "selfishly breaking the rules" after she became pregnant before it was her "turn".
The woman was working at a private centre in Aichi prefecture when she found out she was pregnant. But the timing reportedly clashed with "shifts" drawn up by the centre director, listing when staff were allowed to marry and have children.
The case highlights the practice of some Japanese companies dictating when female staff are allowed to marry and have children, depending on seniority.
Her experiences came to light after her husband (28) wrote a letter outlining the couple's plight to the 'Mainichi Shimbun' newspaper.
Describing how his wife felt "glum and anxious" after finding out she was pregnant, the husband wrote: "The director had determined the order in which workers could get married or pregnant, and apparently there was an unspoken rule that one must not take their 'turn' before a senior staff member." (© Daily Telegraph, London)