I applied for a position and when I got a call for the first interview o already knew I was about 10 weeks pregnant. I got called back for the second interview (which is in two days). After much deliberation I decided that disclosing my pregnancy was the right thing to do as I want to be upfront and transparent.
I have a friend who works at this company o am applying to, and today she told me that she had learned that my colleague is also applying for this position. Even though I informed my colleague o am applying for this position, he never mentioned to me that he too had applied and that he too had also been to the first interview and was invited to the second round of interviews.
I now feel like I am about to waste my time,spending time working on the presentation and taking off work, when my colleague will stand a better chance than me because he won't be needing maternity leave in a few months. His deception is another issue on its own.
Anyway I live in South Africa, where we have a "BEE" process, which means black people should be considered first before other races. My colleague is black and I am not. Secondly, although there are laws against discrimination of pregnant woman, I am not employed yet by this company so I am not covered in that regard. Also I feel they will probably never list my pregnancy as a reason for not selecting me, but they will simply say my colleague is a better candidate then me... even though I know he is not. Also bear in mind that the job is at a manufacturing plant which will mean I can't be onsite due to fumes etc..
Have I ruined my chance at getting this job by mentioning my pregnancy? How should I bring up my pregnancy in interviews going forward? It pains me to do all this extra work, only to be disappointed :(