Should You Tell An Interviewer That You Are Pregnant?
There is no legal requirement (apart from exceptional cases) to tell an interviewer that you are pregnant. However, should you anyway?
Since the Equality Acts 2014, women are protected from discrimination because of pregnancy. You are not (always) legally obliged to tell your potential employer that you are expecting a baby.
But some women will wonder if they should. The short answer is that it’s up to your discretion.
Each job interview and case is different, and to be honest, in general, it’s a very tricky situation. But here are some guidelines on how to handle the situation.
There are some cases when you should tell your interviewer that you are pregnant. This is if you’re going for:
- A job that could cause harm to your baby
- Film and modelling work
While employers are forbidden from discriminating against women on the grounds of pregnancy, it’s not unheard of.
Some employers may not like the idea of hiring a pregnant woman because of the time they’ll take off for maternity leave and for the costs of hiring and training someone else to cover your position.
If you tell them you are pregnant, even in the early stages, there’s a chance they may not hire you because of your pregnancy, but they could use another reason for not giving you the job.
On the other hand
The other side of the argument is that by not telling your interview, you risk eroding a sense of trust.
Gauge what kind of rapport you have with the interviewer. If you have to go through a series of interviews, you will get a better idea of when and if to disclose your news.
The bigger picture
There are many circumstances surrounding a woman looking for work while she’s pregnant.
You could have suddenly found a dream job listing and can’t miss the opportunity. Maybe you didn’t know you were pregnant until after you’d started the interview process. You may simply need a job for the money.
If you’re worried that your new employers may not appreciate a pregnant worker, do you really want to work there?
Note that having to take off time to look after your new baby isn’t the only amount of time that people take off. People need medical leave for other reasons. People take sabbaticals. Now, dads can take paternity leave, for an even longer time than before (and hopefully longer, soon).
Yes, it’s a tricky situation, but once you’re in the interview process, trust your gut on what to do. It will likely be the right choice for you.