I was dismissed from my job about 2 months ago. I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and I obviously need a job before the little one gets here but I have concerns regarding disclosing the pregnancy to prospective employers. I know the law states they cant discriminate based on pregnancy but we all know it happens and is hard to prove. Therefore I don't want to disclose my pregnancy to any employers until after i am hired and have proven myself to be a good employee. I just dont know if that is fair to the employer, I feel like if I'm not upfront about it when they find out they will fire me for hiding it. (I would still be on probation and my state is an at will state which means you can be fired for any or no reason.) Any advice on how to handle this situation?
There are pros and cons about telling them before you get hired.
Pro is, you won't have to hide anything, and it will be better for the working atmosphere. Like, they won't feel betrayed or something.
Con is, chances are they won't even hire you even if you seem to be the perfect employee in the job interview. Most emploeyers just don't hire women with little kids, not to mention pregnant women.
I did tell, but to me, not getting the job wouldn't have been the end of the world either. So I just said I'd hate to tell them after getting hired, and told them straight away in the job interview. But I guess a lot of luck went into that decision as well.
I probably wouldn't have told if the company would have been big (they can afford a pregnant emplyee leaving for a while etc), or if I had really needed the job because of the money. Here, you can't get fired when pregnant (unless you do some really stupid things, or the employer would be ruined if he had to keep you). So, as sorry as I would be about not telling - this, in many cases, would be the only chance to get a job here, when pregnant, at all.
Hey I am in a similar situation. I am finishing up uni soon and am looking for a job to fill the time until baby gets here and also for some extra money. Do you have any experience with children, any babysitting? Or references that would reference you for working with children?
I got 2 nannnying jobs in one week last week . One is Wednesday afternoon for 5 hours and the other is thursday afternoon for 2.5 with babysitting when needed. Its not much at the moment, but I am looking out for parents who want school runs etc and holiday clubs.
Im also going to sign upto a few agencies that specialise in supply staff for nurseries and schools as I used to do that when studying my undergraduate course a year or 2 ago, I always got work when I wanted it. And when they offered some to me and I couldnt do it, then I was able to decline.
Its great because everyone wins.... they dont want to employ someone long term so you can be open about pregnancy. And you dont want long term and can finish and start whenever you like.
If its office work you can do then try the office agencies. Just send your CV to them stating your looking for temporary work only and dont mention the pregnancy until you go in to see them.
Also... if you live near an airport.... they are looking for seasonal check in desk people
I don't know if you all have them where you live BUT have you tried any temporary agency work? At least until you are done with the pregnancy. I can't imagine looking for a job right now. Good luck I hope it works out for you!
I have a job at the moment but I have the fear of losing it as they want to eliminate my position. It really sucks not knowing how long I will have the job. I feel trapped between a rock and a hard place. Do I wait and see how long I will have or do I leave and risk not getting employed?
If I were to go look for another job, I guess I would disclose the fact that I am pregnant. I have gotten employed before and had to tell them i was going on a two week vacation after i got hired and they specifically stated that If they had known that in the interview I would have not gotten the job. They treated me differently and I didn't like that. Oh well!! I hope that someone will hire you. It is rough out there and thats not with a baby on the way!
I'm also looking for work, we really need the money!
I am being quite honest, my cover letter says mother of two with another on the way blah blah as part of my introduction. I'm also quite clear about how long I intend to work before the birth and when I want to return to work afterwards.
I'm only looking for part time / casual in child care or teacher aide though, getting something permanent would be tricky I imagine. I've not had much luck yet, fingers crossed for us all
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