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Old 02-20-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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I am currently pregnant but moving to Minneapolis and would like to get a job once I arrive. I'm concerned companies in Minneapolis won't be interested in hiring someone who will be needing maternity leave. I am eager to work though.

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Old 02-20-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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I don't think Minneapolis is any different than any other city in terms of hiring pregnant women. You'll definitely need to stand out to show a potential employer that you are worth the risk (of taking time off; not returning after birth, etc.).

Good luck with your search.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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I would consider doing temp work until after the baby was born. I don't know that it is strictly 'legal' not to hire you because you are pregnant but I am sure that would factor into the decision making process and not in your favor.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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you status as being pregnant legally cannot factor into any employment decision or be brought up during interviewing - legally there should be no recourse

however, if it's obvious it will play into mind as a part of human nature

if you have medical coverage through your partner or someone else then the temping idea really isn't that bad

if not - shine
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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As has been mentioned, it is a violation of the law not to hire a woman because she is pregnant.

HOWEVER, the employer will not have to provide any paid maternity leave (if the company even has a maternity leave policy separate from FMLA - many do not) nor will they have to provide you with unpaid under FMLA since you won't have worked there for a year.

What this basically means is that an employer who hires you will not be obligated to give you any time off above and beyond sick leave or vacation time you have accrued by the time your baby arrives.

So you could end up with a week or two off after the baby or be *forced* to quit because you'd be taking time off that you didn't really have.

This is a serious issue in our workplaces today, but this isn't really the forum for my rant on that topic...

The temping suggestion made by others is a good one, although there is nothing wrong with applying for permanent jobs that are compatible with your experience. It will be a good way to make contacts and may open the door for a permanent job in the future.

Good luck!
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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Thank you all for your input. I like the idea of temping. It at least gets me out of the house and meeting new people. Thank you too for letting me know I would not be eligible for maternity leave. I was not aware of this.

My first choice would be to get a permanent job...anybody know of any flexible marketing firms or jobs willing to take a chance on a highly motivated, experience marketing individual?
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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My first choice would be to get a permanent job...anybody know of any flexible marketing firms or jobs willing to take a chance on a highly motivated, experience marketing individual?
Ahh...I'm in marketing too! You might look into the marketing departments of some of the large employers - General Mills, Target, Best Buy - not only for the size of their marketing departments but for what I understand are rather family-friendly workplaces (although I've never worked for any of them so can't speak from experience).
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