For Women Re-Entering Workforce, It Pays to Be Transparent: Study

Should women coming back into the workforce reveal marital status or information about their child-care responsibilities during a job interview?
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Should women coming back into the workforce reveal marital status or information about their child-care responsibilities during a job interview? A new study says they should. 'The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) strongly discourages employers from asking questions about women's family status - whether they have children and if they have childcare responsibilities,' said Jennifer Bennett Shinall, an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School and co-author of the report. 'Most career advisers strongly discourage women from being forthcoming with information about their family status.' Amid this conventional wisdom, Shinall and Vanderbilt Law School professor Joni Hersch devised a study. Three thousand different subjects were asked to serve as potential employers. 'We gave them two finalists candidates: some revealed why they had a gap in their career and sometimes the candidates did not reveal that information,' she said. TheStreet's Scott Gamm has details from Wall Street.