(Closed) pro-life/pro-choice came up at job interview

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 32
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The title is a little confusing because it doesn’t sound like they straight up asked you.  It sounds like they told you the company is pro life and asked you of you would be okay following those guidelines while at work.  Legally there is nothing wrong with it.  Most comapnies make you promote their beliefs while at work, even if it isn’t political.  It just depends if this is something you are okay with or not.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Stace126:  As someone who knows what it’s like to be desperate for a job, I would take it. You could keep looking for something else in the meantime.

Post # 34
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

Whoa. I would have a problem being told to withhold information to someone seeking help – regardless of my stand on the issue.

It is too bad, it sounds like a wonderful and much-needed service.

 

Also, I am 99% that was a completely illegal question (and hiring practice).

 

Post # 36
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Stace126:  I think, that given the nature of your position, it would be unlikely you’d be talking to someone who was really thinking of terminating.  If they’re comiing to your daycare chances are they’re heavily leaning towards keeping their baby.

If you like the people, the company, and their general message, then I think you should go for the interview.  Feel it out.  If you get there and feel like they’re the type of pro-life that you don’t think you can work with, then politely decline the position.  More likely, they’re probably the type of organization that tries to offer as much support as possible to women who might otherwise not have a choice.  They are trying to help women have an alternative to abortion.

I’m pro-choice as well – but I don’t think I’d have a problem working for a company like the one you mentioned, unless they expected me to bully people into making a decision they weren’t comfortable with or I had to go protest.

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Stace126:  They aren’t asking you to advocate for pro-life policies.  It doesn’t sound like they are picketing Planned Parenthood clinics or sending out unrealistic absistence only information or anything. 

They provide a useful serviec to the world (low cost child care).    I wouldn’t let it bother you.

I think that the political and religious worlds want to force everyone to be either staunchly pro-choice or pro-life when the reality is that most of us want the same thing and it lands somewhere in the middle.  We want to prevent unwanted pregnancies and give women the tools and knowledge to do what they want with their bodies.  We want the babies who come into this world to be wanted and loved.  We want good adoption options for those who can’t care for their children and those who can’t concieve.  We want people of all financial means to be able to raise their children in a safe and loving environment where they can thrive.  Many differnt players come together to make these things a reality. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee

Honestly, while I am pro choice, I wouldn’t have a problem with presenting pro-life based alternatives when approached by people in the pro life organization while I work. Give the person pamplets for places where they can find support for their pregnancy, don’t say anything discouraging about their right to make a choice, and move along.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Stace126:  I don’t think I could work for a small business that didn’t share my personal beliefs. It would break my hear everytime I had to advocate to someone to keep a baby they weren’t sure they wanted because I wanted to keep my job. If this was some huge faceless coroporation that, say, was homophobic, that’s a bit different than a small business.

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