Lots of men emphatically denied today that women returning to work after having become mothers are in any way discriminated against.
'We have a very clear return to work policy,' said Sir Nigel Farringdon, chairman of investment bank Hugh Jamamountsofcash plc. 'There will always be a place for the ladies here. For example, our Chief Financial Investment Director, Alison Thingy, recently came back to work after having given birth to something.
'Of course, while she was away we had to find someone to replace her, which coincidentally turned out to be Jeremy, my friend from the golf club. But to show how fair we are, we offered Alison a post similar to her preious one which just involved a bit more cleaning of toilets than before. Well, 40 hours more, actually. Naturally, she was forced to sign a contract forbidding her to talk about it or to take us to court, but that's standard in this industry. Standard for the women, of course! Ha ha!
'I say, old boy, fancy a whiskey or two at the local strip club? Apparently Alison has to work there as well now to make ends meet. Play your cards right and you can get your end to meet hers! Makes a change from the banks screwing the taxpayers, what!'