(Closed) Applying for jobs while pregnant

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When to tell prospective employer you're pregnant:

    During Second Interview

    After Being Offered Position

    During Initial Interview

    Other: please explain in the comments

  • Post # 2
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    Neetch:  I probably wouldn’t say anything until they offered me a position.

    Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    Neetch:  Don’t say anything until you are offered a position. If you tell them sooner, they may not offer you the job. Even though that would be illegal, you would have a heck of a time proving that was why you weren’t hired.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Being pregnant is considered a “health condition” and you do not have to tell any future employer you are pregnant.

    Post # 5
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Is there any reason why being pregnant would limit your ability to do the job (heavy lifting? flying? chemicals? etc)? If so, then I’d be very upfront. If it’s just a desk type job that you can do while pregnant, then I wouldn’t bring it up until the second interview or after they offer you a position. You’ll still be quite early in your pregnancy, so you should have several months of good work before having to take some maternity leave. So I think it should be fine, so long as there isn’t an extended training period. 

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee

    Agree with pp. While it is illegal to discriminate against pregnant women, I do believe it happens.  I interviewed more than once while pregnant (and disclosed it because I was visibly pregnant) and was not offered the job. I interviewed for a position one week after giving birth and was hired and the date they wanted me to start just happened to coinside with when I was planing to return to work, though they had told me I could have stayed out longer.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I wouldn’t disclose until after you’ve accepted the job.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Definitely do not tell them until you start!! Offers can be rescinded. I didn’t tell my current employer (been here 4 years) until I was 20 weeks! I would hve waited a few more weeks but we had a group happy hour and I didnt want anyone to figure out that way! 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    Neetch:  I would do it following the ACCEPTANCE of the offer in writing, but only if you’re far enough along that you feel comfortable talking about it.  Once the position is yours, they can’t take it away from you simply because you’re pregnant.  Prior to you actually accepting the offer however, they can take it away and simply say they decided on a better candidate. 

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