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    Default applying to full time positions when pregnant

    Is it wrong to apply to full time positions when I'm 3 months pregnant?

    I'ld like to work until I physically can't anymore or up until I give birth! and I would like to return to work as soon as possible.

    Is it wrong for me to apply to full time positions? should I only be looking for part time or casual positions?

    I dont want to say I'm pregnant during the interview because I do not want that to be a reason for them not to hire me. If I get offered a job I will inform my employer I am pregnant... is it wrong not to tell them anything until I get offered a job?

    I REALLY WANT TO WORK. I'm quite desperate to get a job and the more time passes the more I worry about not finding one. I doubt I'll have a chance once I start showing which is why I need a job.. now.. yesterday.. as soon as possible..

    anybody else looking for work? anyone been through a similar experience?

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    What kind of job?
    I don't think it's bad. You are entitled to work. But perhaps looking at contract work or something like that is fairer. On you and the employer.
    Though in saying that, if you are able to work and do the job well, why not?
    I do think it would be wrong to lie if you were asked about a long term commitment and you said yes. But apart from that, why not.

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    It's tricky. You definitely don't need to mention it and they definitely can't discriminate against you because you are pregnant in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately that doesn't mean it won't happen anyway particularly if you have a probation period. You would of course be able to take legal action if this happened but may want to avoid the stress of that if possible!

    As someone who hires people, despite not being "allowed" to, I would be disappointed if it turned out that someone I hired was going to have to resign in 5 months and I'd need to recruit again.

    I'd personally be going for contract jobs for 3-6 months, and dont mention you are pregnant if you don't want to. Then there is no issue in terms of long term commitment.

    It's not like you'll be missing out on company parental leave as you wouldn't be entitled to it anyway.

    Good luck!

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    Yeah, I was in that position, I actually found out I was pregnant the day before I had to have the medical for the job.

    I told them in the end, and was still hired.

    I think apply for anything you would like, but personally I'd tell the truth about the pregnancy.

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    It's not wrong if you feel you're up to it. I wouldn't mention your pregnancy, I applied for jobs whilst pregnant and was let down for every. single. one because I mentioned it beforehand despite getting every single other job I'd ever applied for before falling pregnant.

    You don't have to disclose your pregnancy, lots of people apply for jobs with no intention to stay long-term. Not just those who are pregnant. I know people who apply for jobs knowing they are moving interstate in less than a year. There is absolutely nothing immoral or illegal about doing this, but there is something immoral and illegal if they ask you if you're pregnant

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    You know I never thought about it like that Benji, but you are right. I think I assumed I *had* to disclose it, but actually, no you don't have to.

    (Mine would have found out via the urine test anyhow, so I'm glad I said)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    You know I never thought about it like that Benji, but you are right. I think I assumed I *had* to disclose it, but actually, no you don't have to.

    (Mine would have found out via the urine test anyhow, so I'm glad I said)
    Yep, you don't have to disclose it. A lot of people think you do, but nobody has to disclose their future plans for anything, including family.

    A friend of mine recently looked for a new job, knowing in 6 months he'd be getting married, going on a honeymoon and looking for a better job. He didn't disclose this whilst applying for work, nor should he have to. People have to eat even if they need a job to tide them over for a few months.

    I do agree with a PP that the better option might be applying for temp/contract work to take the stress out of resigning etc

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    Tamtam: its in the creative industry: marketing/graphic design.

    I'm quite stressed about this.. I really want to work!

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    I only asked because some jobs require long term commitments. I don't work in that field but I would imagine you would be able to do that and complete some projects and work up until you want to stop.
    I say go for it. If its right a job will open up for you. Good luck!!

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    I feel personally that you do have an obligation to mention it, but also explain how much you want the job. If there is a probation period and the employer feels that you misled/ omitted something that important, they may also question your commitment to the job. Unfortunately although it is illegal to discriminate, as other posters have said some people still do. I still think honesty is your best approach if you see a long term future with the company. If you are merely looking for short term until the birth,lie through your teeth! X


 

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