Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

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Latest post 06-05-2007 12:15 AM by LynnM. 5 replies.
  • 06-04-2007 7:08 PM

    Question [=?] Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    This isnt exactly a case of discrimination but could be...
    Im curious to know if I can be refused employment because Im pregnant? If I was able to do the job Im applying for would they have to not use my pregnancy as a factor for determining the hiring of me.
  • 06-04-2007 7:32 PM In reply to

    re: Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    You *can* but, depending on the situation, there may be significant liability on the part of the prospective employer.

    If employer has less than 15 employees, the state may not offer a relevant discrimination statute (15 is when federal discrimination/Title VII protections kick in). Check with Indiana Civil Rights Commission if less than 15 empls.
  • 06-04-2007 7:39 PM In reply to

    More [=+=] re: Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    I was thinking of applying at a local retail chain here in the midwest. They at the store I am thinking of applying at has well over 50 employees. Do I even have to disclose I am pregnant? (im only 10 weeks)
  • 06-05-2007 12:15 AM In reply to

    re: Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    No - why would you mention it? It's irrelevant.
  • 06-05-2007 3:21 AM In reply to

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    re: Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    An employer cannot refuse to hire you BECAUSE you are pregnant.

    However, being pregnant is not a guarantee of employment, either. The employer can still refuse to hire you for other reasons.
  • 06-06-2007 11:53 AM In reply to

    Feedback [*=*] re: Can an employer refuse to hire me if Im pregnant?

    You would have to prove that you were not hired because of the pregnancy.

    On another note, once you go on maternity leave, you will not be on the job long enough for FMLA protection so they can let you go for not coming to work.

    Your best bet is to just apply, hope you get the job, and hope they will be understanding regarding the pregnancy.
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