Recruiting can be challenging for many marketing companies. We all want to find the best candidate for the job. But when it comes to hiring women, it seems many companies are still asking unlawful and discriminatory questions when recruiting women.
Recently, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) surveyed employees and found hiring companies were unlawfully inquiring about their intentions to have children.
Women Still Get Asked About Maternity Plans
Asking personal questions during job interviews is a faux pas. However, many companies continue to ask women personal questions about pregnancy and maternity.
Marketing Week outlines the results of the survey:
- 36% said it was reasonable to ask women about their plan to have children during the recruitment process. 32% of marketing firms believe the same.
- 60% agreed women should have to disclose if they are pregnant at the time of recruitment. 57% of marketing companies believe the same.
- 46% believe it’s reasonable to ask if women have young children at home.
What’s the main issue with these beliefs? It’s against the law to ask these questions or to disqualify a candidate from contention for these reasons.
“We should all know very well that it is against the law not to appoint a woman because she is pregnant or might become pregnant,” says Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the EHRC.
“Yet we also know women routinely get asked questions around family planning in interviews. It’s clear that many employers need more support to better understand the basics of discrimination law and the rights of pregnant women and new mothers.”
Discrimination Against Women Planning to Have Children Continues to Be an Issue
Additional research from EHRC also found women are being discriminated against because of their plans to have children:
- 44% believe women should work at a company for a year before choosing to have children
- 40% of employers have accused women of taking advantage of their pregnancy
- 41% believe pregnancy puts an unnecessary financial load on the organization
- 51% of employees agree there is some resentment among employees toward women going on maternity leave
There is still a lot of work to do to reduce gender discrimination in the workplace. Bringing these issues to light is one way to start working in the right direction.
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