Can an interviewer ask about my child-care arrangements?
Employers may not make gender-based assumptions about a parent's dedication to her job.
I'm a graphic designer. I've been out of the workforce for about a year, after giving birth to twins. I just had an interview for a promising position, but the interviewer kept asking me about my kids and my child care arrangements. I feel like I have to mention them, to explain that year-long gap in my resume, and I'm comfortable answering a polite question or two. But this interviewer was pushing hard on who cares for them, how I feel about returning to work, whether I think they are too young for full-time day care, and so on. I'm happy with my childcare situation: Between my spouse's flexible hours, my mother and mother-in-law living nearby, and quality day care in the neighborhood, I'm not concerned about how my kids will do. What concerns me is that I might have trouble getting a job because I'm a new mom. Is this legal?