Say you're pregnant and job hunting and land an interview. Should you mention the pregnancy during your interview? You're not...
Say you're pregnant and job hunting and land an interview. Should you mention the pregnancy during your interview? You're not required by law to mention your pregnancy. Also, pregnancy discrimination is a very real and growing issue in the workplace. If you decide to talk about your pregnancy at the interview, you may be setting yourself up to not get hired. In fact, in one piece, Jocelyn Samuels, vice president for education and employment at the National Women's Law Center notes that telling a potential employer about your pregnancy too early could definitely hurt your chances of scoring the job. Businesses in the USA can't legally not hire someone simply because they're pregnant, however it happens, and it's very hard to prove when it does. Your best bet is to wait until you have a verbal job offer/agreement. After being offered the job, BUT before signing an actual contract is the best time to announce your news. This makes you look good, because you bring it up before signing the contract, this way your employer doesn't think you're being tricky or not forthcoming. Once you do open up about your pregnancy, make sure your new employer knows that you're still very excited about your new job and offer ideas about what will happen when you take maternity leave. Keep in mind... Your new company health insurance may not kick in for a while, so you may need to pay for your pregnancy care and the birth another way. Also, your maternity leave most likely won't be covered by FMLA because you won't have worked there long enough.

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