Post # 1
My husband and I are moving back to our home state at the end of May. He’s graduating from law school in May, and is signed up to take the bar in our home state. We did not anticipate that I would be pregnant before we moved (though we weren’t exactly doing anything to prevent it). But I am, and it is what it is.
My only question is about when to tell a prospective employer. I’m only seven weeks now, and assuming timing all worked out (though if the job requires it I’ll move up sooner), I will be about 17 weeks when we move.
Do I tell during a second interview? Or do I wait until I have an offer?
I know our timing means I may not qualify for FMLA, etc. I can’t do anything about that. We are moving, either way. I just won’t want to start a new position on the wrong foot.
Post # 2
Neetch: I probably wouldn’t say anything until they offered me a position.
Post # 3
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
Being pregnant is considered a “health condition” and you do not have to tell any future employer you are pregnant.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
After the offer. My favorite job advice site has some articles about it:
http://www.askamanager.org/2008/11/job-hunting-while-pregnant.html<br /><br />
Post # 8
I wouldn’t disclose until after you’ve accepted the job.
Post # 9
Definitely 9-5 type desk jobs.
I got an email from a hiring manager today asking about contacting my references which originally led me to post this. I plan on going back to work after mat leave, and definitely want to stay in this area and this field, so I don’t want to play my cards wrong from the beginning.
But discussing my pregnancy following an offer was already what I was leaning toward, I just wanted some extra input.
Post # 10
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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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.