Being pregnant can add new urgency to finding a job and will often change your priorities in your job search. It is unethical and illegal for a potential employer to ask if you are pregnant or to discriminate against you because of it. If you are asked about it or feel you have been discriminated against, you can report it to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Discrimination is not the only issue to consider when pregnant and looking for a job. As your pregnancy progresses and your child is born, your needs will change. Your goals and definition of your “ideal job” may change as well. While compensation may still be at the top of your list, work environment and company culture can be equally important in helping you as a parent. Looking ahead in your job search can help save you a lot of stress in the long run.
Here are some questions you need to ask when looking at a potential employer:
- Are workplace policies, practices, and benefits regarding pregnancy and parenting clearly communicated to employees?
- Are children and maternity care covered in employee health plans?
- Do they offer parental leave?
- Do they have on-site or near-site child care available?
- Do they meet OSHA standards for safety?
Check this out Family-Friendly Workplace Inventory for more ideas and considerations.
Finding a job while pregnant is completely possible—there are just a few things that need to be kept in mind.