If a pregnant woman is not yet showing during an interview for a new job, she is not legally obligated to disclose her pregnancy to the employer, says Elizabeth Bromstein of Workopolis. If the pregnancy is obvious, Bromstein recommends having a solid plan in place to discuss maternity leave. The employer will want to know how long the employee needs off and whether she wants contact while absent.
Job hunting while pregnant is not much different than regular job hunting, says Bromstein. Employers are not legally allowed to discriminate against a potential new-hire for being pregnant, but there is usually no way to prove that a woman's pregnancy was the cause for denial if she doesn't receive the job. While there is no law obligating a woman to disclose her pregnancy during an interview, experts recommend broaching the topic during the later stages of negotiations once a woman has been offered a position and has decided she would like to accept it.
The employer may resent the woman for being secretive if the pregnancy comes as a surprise after she has already been hired. Employers are forced to accommodate a pregnant employee during her doctor visits, delivery and maternity leave. It helps if an employer is able to prepare for this in advance. Employers may respect a woman more for being upfront about her pregnancy, says Bromstein.