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24 Jul 2008

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Hello,

Please help me! This might not be a CS question but the problem is starting to affect me psychologically even though people just say it' s hormones.

I' m 20 weeks pregnant (5 months) with my tummy slightly showing. I have been searching for a job and now have a chance to get it because I have been called for an interview. Seeing that I' m going to be a single mom, I' m quite desperate to get something, not that I will settle for anything immoral or unethical though.
Anyway, do I tell the interviewers that I' m pregnant or not? My fear is that if I tell them, I might run a risk of being discriminated against regardless of the fact that I do have qualifications and skill for it. (I' ve seen how the corporate industry snubs pregnant women although this will be in a financial institution).
What must I do? And either way, what are the risks?
I thank you in advance!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Its a good question, though not one within my particular area of expertise. I don't think they're allowed to discriminate on the basis of pregnancy ( unless the job requirements would somehow be especially dangerous for a pregnant woman , which is highly unlikely in the financial world ) though I suppose they could find some other reason to avoid giving the job to a pregnant woman if they really wanted to. Call the Dept of Labour for more specific advice on the regulations and how to protect yourself from such discrimination. I suspect there could be problem if you DON'T disclose a health problem or even pregnancy if directly asked about it --- check that too
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