I am three months pregnant (not showing) and out of a job. Is telling a prospective employer I’m pregnant a guarantee I won’t get a job? Is not telling deceitful?
First of all, congratulations. But you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and your belly is expanding by the minute! Not telling a potential employer you are pregnant is perfectly legal, and the employer cannot ask you, according to David Greenberg, an employment attorney in Beverly Hills.
Now to the question of deceit. No, I don’t think it’s deceitful not to tell them. However, starting a job three months pregnant won’t do a lot to fortify trust with your new employer. But the whole reason women have fought for years for laws that protect them from having to divulge this information is that they have every right to be pregnant and to work. In fact, it’s not only a right, it’s often an absolute necessity.
Don’t tell them, but be prepared to deal with the consequences. Your work situation may become strained, but by law your employer can’t fire you. If things get too stressful, you can look for another job, but it’s going to be hard to explain why things didn’t work out at the last one. Then again, a new job and a new baby may offer just the kind of challenges you — and most working women — are looking for.