Have you ever been on a job interview and worried that if you mentioned that you had children (or even had hopes of having children) you would not be given the job? Even if you were the most qualified individual for the position, did you fear that even the slightest glimpse of your personal “mommy life” would deter the employer from hiring you? Well, chances are, it would have. In fact, according to one of our own confessors, “moms waste money:”
I’m a woman and a business owner. I don’t hire women who come to interviews talking about their kids or who appear to have young children. Pictures on their key chain, toys in their purses. Sorry, but I have a business to run. This isn’t a day care or a place for moms waste my money by running home for every whimper and stuffed nose.
Clearly, that is one office where the pregnancy boom won’t be hitting. Even so, what can mothers do to protect themselves from this kind of blatant “Maternal Profiling?”
“Maternal Profiling” as defined by The New York Times in 2007 and websites such as MomsRising.org, is ““Employment discrimination against a woman who has, or will have, children. The term has been popularized by members of MomsRising, an advocacy group promoting the rights of mothers in the workplace.”