“Are you planning on getting pregnant in the next two years?” is a question best left to physicians, and definitely not hiring managers or mothers-in-law. While the question isn’t, technically, illegal in the United States, it can definitely lead towards illegal discrimination if you ask it. (Asking questions about race, gender, pregnancy status, etc., aren’t illegal, but once you know the answer you have to be super careful not to take that into consideration in your hiring decision.) Wise hiring managers and recruiters know to stay far, far away from such questions.
But what if the job “candidate” is an actual political candidate? Is it okay to ask a politician when (if) she plans to reproduce? New Zealand is currently battling this out.
Jacinda Ardern, 37, was elected Labour party leader after the previous leader, Andrew Little, stepped down yesterday. And the question is, does she want to have a baby? A talk show host, Mark Richardson, argues that this is a valid question for Ardern. He said:
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