Post # 1
Hi hive –
I was strongly considering leaving my current job before I found out that I was pregnant. Now that I’m about 9 weeks along, I’m really wanting to leave because I don’t feel it’s an environment that is going to be conducive to having a healthy or comfortable pregnancy. The worry I face is being discriminated against when applying for new jobs because I will be going out on maternity leave in 6-7 months. Do I let a prospective employer know I’m pregnant before being offered a job, or wait until after I’ve secured something? Any advice from other bees that have switched jobs during pregnancy would be greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
Do not let a prospective employer know that you’re pregnant. You don’t even have to tell them after you get hired until necessary.
Post # 3
VioletBee : I switched jobs at 8-11weeks pregnant. Although to be fair, I actually found out I was pregnant the day after I put in my 2 weeks notice so I had already interviewed and accepted the other job without knowing I was pregnant.
Do not tell your interviewer or potential new job you are pregnant. You don’t have to tell them until you are ready. I would wait until after you start or at the very least, accept the job. You won’t be discriminated if they don’t know, that’s why everyone will recomend not telling them. It’s not always a big deal, that same office hired someone who was at least 6 months pregnant at one point.
I told HR at my new job early (within a few weeks of starting) because I was worried about any leave, benefits, etc. I did not tell my boss or coworkers until I was over 20 weeks. Even 4-5 months is plenty of advance notice to get things coordinated for your leave.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t tell them anything for now. There is no reason to tell them and even though they shouldn’t hold it against you it will always be easier to know you didn’t get a job because of something else instead of wondering if it was because of you being pregnant.
I will also say (if you are in the U.S.) that you might not me eligible for maternity leave if you switch jobs, most jobs require you to be there for a year before those benefits kick in. I would really look into that, that alone would stop me from switching jobs right now and just waiting until after baby was here.
Post # 5
VioletBee : Do not let them know, but you might not be eligible for a paid maternity leave depending on where you go.
Post # 6
Personally I would hold out until after your maternity leave if possible.
If you’re in the US you won’t be covered by FMLA at the new job, so they aren’t even required to hold your position for you iirc.
Post # 7
It might be hard to find a new job that will offer you maternity leave if you’re in the US. Techincally they don’t have to offer you job protection until you’ve worked for over a year and that’s if they’re even covered by FMLA. Some companies will offer you the leave time no matter what (I know my company does) but it’s something to consider.
That aside, no I wouldn’t tell them you’re pregnant until well after you’re hired and started at the new job. It’s not uncommon for people to wait to announce pregnancies until later on at work so I don’t think it’ll be that big of an issue when you do announce.
Post # 8
I just went through the same thing. I am currently 8w3d.
I would NOT tell them you are pregnant until after they offer you a job. Legally, an employer cannot rescind a job offer because you are pregnant.
I was worried about maternity leave, since the company I am going to requires you to work for them for a year before you are eligible. Because of this, I ended up telling the person hiring me that I just found out I was pregnant and wanted to negotiate maternity leave into my contract. It ended up working well for me, despite the fact I would have rather waited many more weeks to tell anyone. Nonetheless, I was concerned about saying something in a few months and then being screwed over.
I can’t say this is the best plan for everyone though.
Post # 9
Thanks all for your advice. I’m not eligible for any paid maternity leave through my current company (because they don’t offer any), however I’m aware that I will likely not be eligible for FMLA at the new job. I just don’t know that I can hold out working here for the rest of the year as I get bigger and bigger. My current company offers little in terms of benefits and pay, so I’m becoming less and less obliged to stay there. Darling Husband and I are still working out finances, but the ultimate goal would be for me to either not return to work for a while after baby comes, or only work part time.
Post # 10
VioletBee : if you’re ok with a new employer potentially not holding your job then definitely change and don’t disclose the pregnancy. Having a higher paying job for several months will help with the finances!!