RE: Question of the Day

Subject: RE: Question of the Day
From: "Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)" <diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:32:46 -0800

>Understand, I have nothing against propagating the human race. But
>reading the list of prohibited questions, this one still makes me

Let me give you a woman's perspective.

We hired a programmer who was essential for getting a certain product
out on time. Six months into the job, he contracted mononucleosis. He
lost two months of work, and the product was late as a result.

During the interview, should he have been asked, "Mr. Jones, do you
think you will be six and losing two months of work any time in the next
year? If so, we don't want to hire you."

Nobody can predict when a woman will have her baby, or how much time off
she will want or need. I have worked with women who didn't go on leave
until the first labor pain; I have worked with women who were back on
the job within a couple of weeks of the birth.

Nobody can predict when a man or woman will get sick with time-consuming
diseases (like cancer), injured in an accident, or even win the lottery.
We just hire the people and hope everything goes as planned.

Diane Evans
Requirements Analyst
Rosetta Inpharmatics

John Lennon, in "Beautiful Boy": "Before you cross the street Take my
hand. Life is what happens to you While you're busy making other plans."

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