In a case with a set of circumstances that would make a good book on how an employer should not handle an employee returning from maternity leave, Nationwide Insurance nevertheless got a favorable decision due to technicalities. In Ames v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. 8th Circuit, the employee returning from an eight-week maternity leave was told she had two weeks to catch up on her work or she would be disciplined. In addition, the company called her back to work earlier than originally planned because of an error in calculating her leave, and advised her not to object to the change because it would send up “red flags” that she would not want to send up. Further, her department head told her that a lactation room for her to express milk was not available, advised her to go home “to be with her babies,” and allegedly handed her a pen and paper and dictated what she should write to submit her resignation. All of this happened on the day she returned to work.