My sincere apologies for Friday's lack of posting. I don't want to be one of those moms who blames her professional screw-ups on her child, so I'll blame you guys. One of you taught Noah how to throw temper tantrums, and when I find out who it was, I will run them over with a Fisher Price plastic lawnmower. Argh.
Anyway, I will make up for Friday with extra bonus posting this week.
Three seemingly-unconnected things about me:
1) I used to live in Pennsylvania.
2) I used to conduct job interviews on a fairly regular basis, back at my old office job.
3) I am so glad that I will never have to interview for a job in Pennsylvania again.
When I interviewed job candidates at my company, I asked a lot of questions. About their resumes and experience and goals and interpersonal skills and give me an example of a time you solved a problem blah blah blah corporate monkeyspeak.
Questions I did not ask: whether they were married and whether they had children or not.
Why didn't I ask those questions? Well, for one, who cares? It's not relevant or any of my stupid business. And two, it is illegal to ask those questions on a job interview in Maryland.
I mean, OF COURSE IT IS ILLEGAL, right? Otherwise, it would be too easy for employers to discriminate against mothers, single mothers...or really, all parents. Why hire someone with a big family that will cost the company more in insurance premiums when there's a single, childless candidate? Why hire someone who will be running off to daycare and doctor's appointments? Why hire a single mother when you can just let your ugly prejudice against "that sort of woman" show through?
Over at MomsRising.org, a few bloggers took a closer look at that table (linked above) and noted that in many states, employers are still allowed to question job candidates about their marital and familial status.
Specifically, in Pennsylvania. But something CAN be done about it.
Currently there are two bills in Pennsylvania, HB352 and SB440 that if passed, would add language to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to make it illegal for employers to ask job candidates questions regarding their marital/familial status.
Bloggers Kiki, Cooper and Joan have all written about why it matters that these bills pass. (Kiki, in particular, was a victim of such discrimination, so be sure to read her story near the bottom of the main page.)
There's also a petition you can sign, as well as the contact information for the PA politicians who can get these bills past committee. Your call or email (even if you don't live in Pennsylvania) could be enough to let these guys know that women out there support the legislation.
And really, those questions can cut both ways, if an employer carried a prejudice against...I don't know..."flighty" single people and considered married people more "grounded" or some such crap.
Personally, that table kind of makes my eyeballs bleed with rage over all the states that STILL don't have laws to protect employees from discrimination based on race or ancestry or pregnancy or sexual orientation, but hey, this legislation in Pennsylvania is a good step in the right direction.
The direction of the freaking TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. Good God.