Our expert says:
It does sound as though the whole matter of her maternity leave has been badly handled, doesn't it ? But while that might understandably bother her, she shouldn't let it drop her performance so badly as to give them an excuse for getting rid of her, and could surely make an effort to be a bit more pleasant to others ?
Surely you need to disus all this with HR right now, to plan a fair and sensible response. And maybe ask them whether the "old" employee might not have a case to take to a labour lawyer or suchlike, about how her maternity was handled ?
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