Chew the Mintie (13-12-2012)
Anyway I had probably better stop feeling sorry for myself re no workers and moaning on bh and go and actually do some work myself
I wasn't going to post here, but I just wanted to say my husband was asked about child care etc during his interview, once when he got into the company and a second times when he was applying for a higher role.
He told them I was a SAHM, their reply "Oh excellent" when my husband told me that I was quite p!ssed off to tell you the truth.
My husband also told them our dd has some medical things that will occasionally need attending to, ie; hospital visits, that he would like to attend, they had no issue offering him careers leave for when those appointment times came up or in the case of an emergency, that I was great-full for but I don't think it was their place to ask about child care in such a blunt way, like it was a deal breaker. I was more disgusted in there response! "Oh excellent" it just really got to me.
When I went on maternity leave, my position was legally kept for 1 year, I went back in when dd was 4mo to talk to my boss about coming back.
I work in the beauty industry and I asked if I could finnish at 3 instead of 5 but work the late Thursday nights and weekends (the hours no one else wanted)
My boss was very horrible about it, he knew my mother was living with us at the time and he was even saying to me "Can't your mum just look after the baby?" Umm no she works too mate..
Ok fair enough as a business owner that wasn't going to suit him but he didn't have to be so dam condescending about it all, I even had his wife ask me when I was planing to have my next baby, I told her not for a long time and her reply was "But X was unplanned, will that happen again" I told them that was not their business etc to which they replied "This maternity leave has been a real pain for us, we don't think we could go through it again"
In the end they gave my position to a single lady with no children..
At the end of the day my family comes first!
And yes I did take the matter further with my them and I'm so glad I did.
Im sorry but I don't care what business you are running family comes first, Regardless of wether they have kids or not every person has a family, they come before work.
Would you ask a child free woman what her partner was like because your worried he might have medical issues etc that will take them away from work? No.
Do you ask a young man what his parents are like in the hopes they don't constantly cause drama effecting his work? No.
Oh so many things..
There is a 3 month probation in place for a reason, yeah you might loose money.. it's just part of owning a business..
I use to have my own salon before we moved states and you know what, it is frustrating when the person you hire isn't what you thought.
But you catch onto it, learn from it and move on to someone who will put more effort in, and bring more money to the Business. The money you loose with bad employees returns its self pretty quickly when you hire the right person.
OP, if you feel like you have been discriminated against, take it further! What do you have to loose?
I was also asked that in a interview, and they also asked me if I planned on having more children! I said no- but I lied!
I would be saying something!
As much as I sympathise with the small business owners in this thread because, lets be honest, some people really do take the **** with what they expect employers to put up with, there is no doubt that being asked about anything to do with familiy responsibilities is illegal.
This is from VIC but each state is pretty much similar - http://www.humanrightscommission.vic...1193&Itemid=23
I work in HR for a global finance company and have had to "defend" claims of a similar nature. I put that in inverted commas because the claim was actually 100% valid as inappropriate questions were asked at an interview, even though they were asked innocently by a naive manager who thought he was just making conversation.
HR now always attends interviews with managers and training was done with everyone on what cannot be asked under ANY circumstances.
The catch 22 childcare/job thing is a real issue. I just got a childcare spot for March in inner Melbourne which is basically like winning the lottery! I have already paid for two weeks, although I have no idea yet if I will actually be allowed to return part-time. So I could be out of pocket $700 bucks.
To the person who mentioned it should only take a couple of weeks - you obviously don't live in a metropolitan city. It took me 14 months!! This is why it is a valid concern for employers (but they still can't ask).
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