Post # 1
Today is my last day at my current contract job so I have been looking for jobs and have a couple of interviews for next week but I’m still not sure how to bring up/when to bring up the pregnancy to the interviewers. Should I wait until they have offered me a position? Should I wear clothes that cover up my belly?
The jobs are mostly desk jobs so how it affects the work shouldn’t be an issue I’m just worried how they will react.
Post # 3
I think you’re better off saying nothing. I don’t know how far along you are, but I wouldn’t say anything unitl after securing a job and getting through probation (first 90 days where I live).
Of course, technically, the law is on your side and people can’t refuse to hire over pregnancy, but it’s likely that they won’t hire you if they know.
Post # 4
@bunnymama: Well I’m 16 weeks and have just barely started showing so waiting 90+ days probably wont work since I could be a balloon by then but maybe waiting until after the ink is dried so to speak?
Post # 5
@MrsRose: I would not mention it until after you were offered a position. It is illegal to discriminate against pregnant women, but it is hard to prove in the absence of a job offer. Employers make up all sorts of reasons for not hiring someone.
Post # 6
Hide the pregnancy. It’s completely illegal for your pregnancy to be a factor in their decision to offer you a job or not. It’s not deceitful on your part; it’s smart. You can tell them later. 16 weeks is very early, anyway.
Post # 7
@MrsRose: If you can hide it, I would hide it. It’s not so much the issue of you being able to perform the job as it is how much time you plan to take off for the baby (between doctor appointments, maternity leave and any potential health complications) that would be a potential issue. Once the ink is dried and you are in, you are in a much better position should they choose to discriminate against you.
Generally speaking, most employers err on the side of caution and don’t do anything remotely related to firing/hiring/demoting/reviewing to pregnant women unless it’s a mass layoff where whole departments are let go. Even though there is a 90 day review time, I’m semi-inclined to think that they’ll keep you anyway just because there’s the off chance that you can come back and say it’s because you are PG. It’s a huge liability and most companies don’t want to chance it.