Is a pregnant worker required to disclose her pregnancy to her employer?

Verified 24 January 2024 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

No, a pregnant employee does not have to inform her employer of her pregnancy.

If she wishes, it can reveal at any time to her employer her state of pregnancy.

It may inform him in writing or orally.

At the time of this information, the pregnancy status of the employee must be justified by a medical certificate.

The employee cannot benefit legal rights and conventional (if any) as long as she hasn't informed her employer. These rights may include, for example:

Please note

Pregnant employee must inform his employer before you leave in maternity leave.

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- You have an interview today, right?

- Yes yes, at 3pm

- Not too stressed?

- If a little...

I hope he doesn't see that I'm pregnant

- But anyway you have to tell him!

- You don't have to say you're pregnant:

· Neither during an interview

· Not when you are an employee

- To benefit from pregnancy-related benefits, you must inform your employer

- The dismissal can be canceled if you provide a medical pregnancy certificate to your employer within 15 days

- A pregnant woman may be dismissed only if she is guilty of serious misconduct or is unable to maintain her employment contract

During a job interview, you are not obliged to inform your future employer of your pregnancy. If you inform him, he can't depart you from a recruitment procedure because you're pregnant, that would be discrimination. If, following this interview, the employer hires you, you will still not have the obligation to inform her of your pregnancy. But beware! In this case, you will not be able to benefit from absence authorizations provided for by the Labor Code or other provisions provided for in your collective agreement, such as a reduction of hours for example. You're not protected from being fired either. On the other hand, your dismissal would be canceled if you provide your employer with a medical pregnancy certificate within 15 days of the date of the dismissal. This protection is not absolute. The employer could dismiss you if he proves that he is guilty of gross misconduct or that he is unable to keep your employment contract, such as closing the company.

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