Movies and TV shows featuring busy and glamorous working moms in high-powered jobs may make us feel like we can have it all. But according to Charlotte Hanna, a former VP at Goldman Sachs, she had to forfeit her career path once she had kids.
Hanna, who sued the company for discrimination last week, was pretty high up at Goldman Sachs before she became a mother, and her career seemed to be advancing rapidly. After her first maternity leave, when she chose to come back in a part-time role, Hanna says she felt like she was placed on a “mommy track,” where promotions and raises were no longer an option. She claims she was demoted, left out of meetings and operations, and generally made to feel unwanted. When she took a second maternity leave in 2008, she was told two weeks before returning to work that her position had been eliminated.
Apparently, some women on Wall Street feel that Hanna did this to herself — it’s common knowledge, they say, that you have to wait until later in life to have kids in order to preserve your career. Others say Hanna chose the "mommy track" willingly, and that everyone on Wall Street knows that’s the kiss of death.
What do you think? Does she have a case, or was she responsible for ruining her own career?