Post # 1
Before I found out I was pregnant I was determined to find a new job- I hate my job. Hating my job makes being pregnant and all my first trimester woes all the more annoying. I digress, once I found out I was pregnant I became very sad, most of the jobs I was applying for were federal and carried a probation period. I am still becoming more familiar with the laws of maternity leave and how being pregnant at work, works. But I feel so lost and confused. I feel like I have to stay at this job until my child is born because no other job will take me. Am I correct to feel like this? Can you go on interviews while you are pregnant and be taken seriously? What is the cutoff how does one navigate this in-between territory.
As always you bees are awesome you give me such hope and great insight; looking forward to your responses!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I think it would be tough to start a new job and expect them to let you go on maternity leave after only being there a few months. I’m not sure you would have much luck waiting until after you have the baby since you might not be able to leave the baby all day, unless you have a family member who could babysit every day.
Post # 4
I had a friend who was laid off at 5 months, found a new job at 7 months. It is generally pretty easy to hide your pregnancy until the third trimester from people who don’t know what you normally look like. She let them know she was pregnant after she got the offer and before she accepted to make sure they were comfortable with the situation. They were, but she only got 6 weeks leave, and that was unpaid.
The downside would be that people might resent you starting and then going on leave, you might get a really short leave, you might not get full benefits (pregnancy can be a pre-existing condition), etc. I wouldn’t personally opt to start a new job while pregnant and I would never accept a new one without telling them I was (although I think it is acceptable to interview without saying anything, you might not want to accept an offer until you discuss it). To me you want to start out a new job on the right foot, and doing that while pregnant is just more difficult.
Post # 5
I’d say you’ll probably have to wait until after the baby. Even though you dislike your job, it’ll be hard trying to learn a new position right before you give birth. But once the baby is born and you have day care arrangements made, go for it! I hope you have good luck finding something!
Post # 6
I’m pretty sure that jobs aren’t allowed not to hire you just because you are pregnant. And I would think that would apply even more so to a federal job. I would try to find someone who knows more about this issue and ask them, because that doesn’t sound right. I just found this link: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/womensresources/a/pregnant.htm which seems to say that you should be able to get hired at a new job despite being pregnant.
While there’s still the chance that people might discriminate against you even though it’s illegal, if you get a job and then tell them you are pregnant, they can’t do anything about it. If they fire you they would be breaking the law (as I’m understanding it here, I don’t have any legal training). And I don’t think a probationary period makes any difference. I mean, they can’t try to dictate your personal life like that.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
This may discourage you or encourage you, but the federal hiring process, on average, takes a year. I have heard back from federal jobs I applied to 9 months ago — after I had received an offer and no longer looking! So in that sense, you may not be really missing opportunities, but of course you’ll have to deal with a job situation you don’t like during the remainder of your pregnancy 🙁
Post # 8
@ribbons: My husband and I both work for the government and it didn’t take us a year. My husband went from interviewing to having a position in about 3 months (after clearance and everything) and it only took a little over a month for me. I guess it depends on the position though.
Post # 9
Of course you can find a new job while you are pregnant. If they don’t hire you becuase of that, it is discrimination. They have to legally give you maternity leave, but don’t have to pay for it, so that is something you should plan for. There is no reason you have to stay miserable at your job. Start searching and I hope you find the perfect one soon!
Post # 10
I am pretty sure that legally they can’t not hire you for that reason. However I think there can be restrictions on health coverage.
To me its a lot more than the legal angle though – you probably don’t want to start a new job with people who feel you were deceptive -ie hiding a pregnancy from them.
Post # 11
I secured the position I’ll be taking after maternity leave while I was pregnant. My first interview was before the pregnancy but my second interview was in my second trimester. I didn’t get one question about it… Nor did it adversely affect my process.
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Post # 13
I’m actually not sure if they HAVE to give you maternity leave… since you won’t have been at the job for 12 months, you will not be covered by FMLA, and will probably be subject to the company’s maternity leave policies. Lots of companies will give you details on their HR policies during the interview process, and that may let you know about maternity leave.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act WOULD apply, which says you can’t be fired (or not hired) just for being pregnant, and that they have to let you work as long as you’re able, but again, I don’t think that there are any provisions for protected maternity leave.
Also, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act only applies to companies employing more than 15 people, so if you’re looking into working at a really small business, you’ll be totally subject to their policies.
Post # 14
I’m 7 months preggo and had my first interview with a company last week. If things work out I’m not expecting them to pay me for maternity leave. I’m just like you and REALLY NEED a change 😉 I have a friend who works in HR and there are certain questions that SHOULD not be asked during an interview because of all the discrimination rules. If they ask you a questions about say ‘pregnancy’ or ‘kids at home’ and then you don’t get the job you could claim they ‘discriminated’. But if they don’t have that knowlege… it wouldn’t be a factor. So for ‘covering their backs’ those kinda questions should not be asked. I agree with everyone that says apply… if you get an offer then let them know the situation and make sure they are comfortable with it and you and the company come to an agreement about maternity leave before you accept.
There’s nothing stopping you from looking and applying. Some jobs might not be a good fit in this situation – but you may find one that works our prefectly! My philosphy on life is that if it’s meant to be… it will be.
PS – I’m planning to lead this company to believe it’s a ‘beer belly’. It’s a ‘younger’ company so I’m sure that’ll be an advantage to getting hired! kidding. kinda 🙂 But it’s something I’ve been joking about with the folks I know that work there. The VP of the whole office is the one that suggested I apply for the job and he’s one of our closest friends… so he knows about my ‘condition’ 😉
Post # 15
agree with Lozza – they can’t hold your pregnancy against you if you are the most qualified candidate, but they are not required to give you maternity leave under FMLA…you would have to see what their leave policy is, but it might be best to stick out your current job and just start applying now to start after you maternity leave
Post # 16
I was wondering this too…like Mrs. DG my first interview was before I was pregnant…the second in my first trimester. I wondering if I get the offer, should I tell them right away or after I start and act like it’s a suprise…
EDIT: Thanks for starting the post Mrs2010! I saw your post on my thread…we almost have the same story! lol…