Can you reject an applicant because she's pregnant?
Maintenance Control Clerk Mary Rheem resigned because she was going to have a baby. This made her supervisor, Greg Burnside, supersensitive to the departmental hazard of pregnancy. Control clerk was a critical job that required a lot of training.
Maintenance Control Clerk Mary Rheem resigned because she was going to have a baby. This made her supervisor, Greg Burnside, supersensitive to the departmental hazard of pregnancy. Control clerk was a critical job that required a lot of training. Burnside wanted to be sure Mary's replacement would remain in the job.
Burnside finally found an applicant he considered well qualified. Ann Lobel was 25, recently married, and with just the experience needed. But Burnside was taking no chances. He explained how important the job was, and how much break-in time would be needed.
"Excuse my asking," he added, "but I see you're married. Do you happen to be pregnant?"
Lobel's face flushed. "That's a highly personal question. I don't think it's in order."
Burnside took her answer to mean yes, she was pregnant.
"Thank you, we'll be in touch."
The applicant was sharp enough to get the meaning. "I'm ideally qualified for this job, Mr. Burnside. If I don't get it I'll want to know why."
Question : Can Lobel be denied the job on the basis of her pregnancy?
Shaw's decision: "Hire Lobel," Plant Engineer Jerry Shaw instructed Burnside. "Asking an applicant if she's pregnant is out of line and contrary to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines. Denying employment because of pregnancy is a violation of the Civil Rights Act."
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.