Why is it when women are pregnant they can't find a job whatsoever?
By Gaby from El Monte, CA
I don't know if it is just pregnant women that have a hard time finding a job. I know a lot of people that have been looking for jobs for several months to a year or more. I also know of pregnant women that get jobs. I think right now part of it is the economy, and it could be the type of jobs that you are applying for.
Don't apply at small businesses, they cannot afford to have anyone off for a period of time since they don't have the workers to cover the position. Hiring someone to fill the position means they must lay that person off (after you'd deliver and come back to work) and pay unemployment benefits. Most small businesses are really struggling right now. If you return to work after delivery, make sure you have a reliable sitter too. Several times, I had to work 60-80 hour weeks because the newer moms wanted off for every little thing with their newborn. I had a young toddler at home and needed to be there too, but I was office manager and it was my responsibility to get things done.
My point is, I've had really bad experiences with pregnant and new moms taking advantage of situations. It puts unneeded pressure on other workers and causes lots of conflict in the workplace. I cannot tell you how much time I spent trying to make peace and still get things done. Larger companies are better able to handle this and are in a much better position to deal with it.
We once had a woman who took off to deliver her baby and requested extra time off. She was replaced by another woman who was pregnant but didn't show it and never told us. We thought she was just heavy. She also needed time off for her delivery. Then the person we hired to take her place ended up pregnant and had morning sickness from the get go (read time off here). We had to hire a fourth person to help out when she wasn't able to come in. We were a small office who only had three employees at that time. It was such a big mess. So much money was going out in unemployment. I was so overworked for a year and a half that I had doctors telling me I was headed for a nervous breakdown.
It may be because they think you might not come back after having the baby and then they'll have to hire someone to replace you.
Because employers don't want to pay insurance; know you'll be taking a lot of time from work if the children get sick, Dr. apts., etc.
Nice, isn't it. I'm 54 and tried looking for a job and had no luck and i have a ton of experience. they know or think they know that I'll retire soon and need benefits, iRA, pension, etc. and they are not wanting to do that.
plus the other two responses you got are absolutely right, too.
Good luck to you.
Have you tried applying at any maternity or children type stores? If I owned such a store I think you would be a perfect hire!
Please don't be discouraged! The economy is a mess right now and even jobs at Mc D's are hard to come by but you just might have an advantage by applying (and keep following up and pestering) specialty stores ;-)
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