Should You Mention Pregnancy In a Job Interview?

Should You Mention Babies In An Interview?
19 February 2018

Expectant mums should disclose their pregnancy to potential employers, according to new research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Er, like hell they should. It's against the law to treat a pregnant woman unfavourably at work because she is pregnant, breastfeeding or has recently given birth, and I can't think of a better (worse?) example than making women disclose their fertility to their boss.

The Guardian reports:

The EHRC warned that many businesses were “decades behind the law” after a YouGov survey of 1,106 senior decision-makers revealed that a third of those working for private companies thought it was reasonable to ask a woman about her plans to have children in the future during the recruitment process, 59% said she should have to disclose if she is pregnant and almost half (46%) said it was also reasonable to ask a woman if she had small children.

To an extent this research doesn't surprise me – it's well documented that mums face discrimination in the workplace – but it's dispiriting that 'decision-makers' think nothing of openly expressing their desire to discriminate against women on account of pregnancy or maternity.

What really cheeses me off about this data is the fact that 40% of employers reckon they've seen at least one pregnant woman in their workplace “take advantage” of their pregnancy, while around one third of those surveyed agreed with the statement that women are “generally less interested in career progression” compared with other members of staff.

For the love of Ada, it's as if the Equality Act doesn't even exist. I can't put it any better than the response from Pregnant Then Screwed, which campaigns for the rights of mothers who suffer discrimination at work:

The idea that pregnant women and new mums are lazy and a liability is absurd. Women are very capable of using their brain and their uterus simultaneously. It is not mothers who are at fault, it is biased, sexist employers who communicate badly, are fearful of change and can’t be bothered to adapt their practices so that they work for mothers.

Well said.

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  • Tiffany R.

    I think it’s only fair to be upfront an honest with a potential employer. They would respect you more in the long run if you were the successful candidate.

  • Jayne G.

    Would they ask a man if their wife was pregnant???

    • Victoria F.

      A few years ago my husband was asked when he went for a job interview after he mentioned we were going through Ivf if we would repeat it if not successful. He lied and said no as he felt pressured

    • Nicci C.

      Victoria Faulds I'm shocked to hear this! I think that is truly awful! Xx

  • Amanda R.

    I would tell them before they asked....I know at an interview they can’t ask if you have kids as it’s classed as discrimination but I alway say I have a child and I always follow with ‘but I have a lot of support and childcare in place’.

  • Sophie F.

    No! Your less likely to get the position. I know everyone wants to think we live in a real world where discrimination doesn’t exist but unfortunately that isn’t the case it’s just done indirectly

  • Mandi C.

    I was pregnant with my second when i was at an interview and i told them. I got the job, had my little one and went on to have another pregnancy a few months after i had her :joy:

  • Helen M.

    They ask about holidays. I would say maternity leave is a very long leave of absence :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

  • Angela H.

    I think once they’ve asked or you have told them, most will use it as a decision maker unfortunately. Times will never change women will always be at a disadvantage if they have families.

  • Fay P.

    No! Pregnancy is not an illness!! The sooner this country puts PROPER measures in place to support working parents, workplace crèches, job sharing, working from home and flexible hours the better!

  • Rosslyn B.

    Nope . I never mentioned my pregnancy at interview. Got the job and then told them a few weeks later. No need to tell them at interview

  • Kerry B.

    I did and still got the job :thumbsup:

  • Gail S.

    We’ve hired more then one person who was pregnant when they came for their interview, they were the best candidate and we appreciated their honesty, though tbf with one of them there was no hiding it :blush:

  • Jenny R.

    I did once they never employed me:angry: first. Time. I've ever been knocked back for a job

  • Emma C.

    No they should not be able to ask this at all - they wouldn't ask a man would they? We already get paid less for doing the same roles as men (and prolly do them better) so can't add more discrimination to the workplace.

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