Married and engaged women are taking their rings off before going to work or going to a job interview and the reason isn’t what you think. According to a survey conducted by Credit Angel, a credit reporting service, nearly 1200 women interviewed expressed that they feared discrimination if they kept it on.
The problem with removing a ring during an interview for a job that you get or a job that you already have is that eventually someone will discover the truth and then you have to deal with a question of your character. In the workplace, there must be a level of mutual respect and trust in the business relationship. Without it, it can be difficult for an employer to feel confident to promote a person, regardless of their skill set.
What would cause a woman to fear discrimination based upon her marital status? Perhaps it’s because women who are engaged or married are more likely to have workplace interruptions caused by a sick child who needs to e picked up from school early or the need to take maternity leave due to pregnancy. The truth is that men also deal with these same issues, maybe not to the same degree, but men are steadily increasing their role in the home as a homemaker. Should they too take their rings off when applying for a job?