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Why is it wrong to ask a female interviewee whether she plans to get pregnant in the near future? The position I was trying to hire for involved medium to long-term commitment, and I have no time to get a second woman trained and up to speed.

Background details: the position I was trying to hire for involved medium to long-term commitment, and I have no time to get a second woman trained and up-to-speed. Frankly, it's the kind of job that most men wouldn't want (mostly receptionist duties, but also some things that are more important). If I hire a woman and she gets pregnant 6 months later, I have to keep her position open when she leaves for several months on maternity leave, and to add insult to injury I have to find someone else to replace her in the mean time and hope that they work out (but only until the first woman wants to come back to work -- thank you CA labor laws!)
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tynamite's avatar Because if most women were asked if they were planning on getting pregnant in their job interviews, and most women said yes, most women wouldn't have jobs.

Women like to balance the scales of men and women, by saying that pregnant women who have maternity leave should have their job position protected.

It's basically a handicap on men because they automatically can't get pregnant, in order to give women an equal playing field. Women know that when it comes to pregnancy and work, they are inferior to men in this aspect.

Women aren't exactly asking for laws that require a certain amount of women to be employed in a workplace, because they know that they can equal men in terms of work ethic, work experience and qualifications, but they cannot equal men in terms of getting pregnant.
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