Is this discrimination/legal/what would you do?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What would you have done
    I would not have told : (24 votes)
    28 %
    I would have been honest : (62 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
    1926 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Its NOT legal for her not to hire you just because you are pregnant. I would maybe have informed her of that… somehow. Thats just BS. 

    Post # 4
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @ames12708:  I don’t know about the legal side of it, but I would think the school would be covered since you won’t actually be able to be there during a decent amount of time during the job.  I would imagine a question such as, “are you available Nov-May of this upcoming year?” would put you out of the running.  If they’re not hiring you because you’re pregnant, that would be something different.

    Post # 5
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t know about legal aspects of it all, but if it is a 7 month position and you would only be able to work for 3 of those months you aren’t a very attractive candidate for the job unfortunately.  

    Post # 6
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @ames12708:  It depends on what the laws are regarding  discrimination and pregnancy where you live. You don’t say that in your post.


    Post # 7
    976 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It is illegal…but honestly what did you expect? I don’t mean to sound mean (I’m pregnant too and just started a new job), but that would be like hiring someone to work for Xmas and finding out they are due December 20th- what is the company supposed to do?

    Post # 10
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    “An employer cannot refuse to hire a pregnant woman because of her pregnancy, because of a pregnancy-related condition, or because of the prejudices of co-workers, clients, or customers.”

    It is illegal, and she went about it the worst way by saying something, honestly. She could have easily interviewed you and chosen a “better” candidiate, without opening herself up to a huge issue. I’d bring trouble, that’s just how I am.

    Post # 11
    1059 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    I think it depends on the state as to the degree of illegality, and whether your unavailablity in prime prep time really renders you unable to perform the position satisfactorily. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me for them to want to consider a different candidate who won’t be otherwise occupied during a peak time.

    Post # 13
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @ames12708:  You still didn’t say where you live, so Bees like @stephee:  seem to be quoting US law. On  the internet, one should never assume that every post is made by a US citizen.

    Post # 16
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think that had you already been hired for the position and then let go after they found out about the pregnancy, there would have been some legal issues. Since you are applying for the position and disclosed the information, and given the time frame, I do not think you have much to stand on, even though it is a bit discriminatory. I also think it depends on where you live, laws are slightly different in every state. I would feel slightly upset in the same situation, but I can also understand where the employer is coming from. If they choose to hire you, they know they will ultimately have to hire someone again once you are unable to continue. I am a substitute as well (currently finishing my degree in teaching). If you feel it necessary, you can bring it to the board’s attention, but I would seriously read up on all the laws beforehand. 

    I am sorry that this happened, it is always disappointing to be be turned down, especially since you were trying to be forthcoming. I wish you the best in your pregnancy!

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