Can an employer refuse to hire you because you may become pregnant?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Firm News

If you walk in for an interview while you are clearly pregnant and the employer refuses to hire you on those grounds, you know right away that this is a violation of your rights. Pregnancy discrimination is illegal, and employers cannot refuse to hire workers because they are pregnant, just as they cannot fire someone for becoming pregnant while on the job.

But what if you simply may become pregnant in the future? Say you are 28 years old and married. You have no children yet, but your employer considers your age and marital status and determines that you are likely to want to start a family in the near future. Can they refuse to hire you on the grounds that you’re going to be pregnant in the next few years? Can they decide to hire male workers or older female workers instead?

Any type of discrimination is prohibited

The short answer is that no, the company cannot discriminate against you because you may become pregnant, because you are already pregnant or because you are simply a female worker who could potentially be pregnant at some point in life. It doesn’t matter about your marital status or your age. These types of choices and decisions are your own, and your employer cannot discriminate against you based on what you have chosen or what they assume you may choose in the future.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that employers will always abide by these rules. If you feel that you’re being discriminated against in the hiring process, or that you’ve been wrongfully terminated, make sure you know what reasons legal options you have to fight for your rights.