This CEO is straight up asking "hey iz you planning to pop out any babiez any time soon ?"
I don't think men generally get asked at interviews if they plan to have kids so the company can foresee paternity leaves for them.
You don't see any issue with hiring practices leading with questions like that ?
The US is only 'developed' first world country that doesn't offer a universal maternity program, if the program itself was a major source of loss for a revenue it wouldn't be widely adopted world wide.
Besides, in most companies you don't start getting benefits until you've been in there for a few months, especially in contract-to-hire jobs, or straight up contract jobs like most gaming companies tend to have anyway. Contract jobs in the wide majority of cases don't offer any benefits like this in the first place.
Yeah, that's not what's being talked about here though.
You've just avoided my point.
Of course candidates shouldn't have to answer personal questions like that, and the only way to make that fair is to make doing so illegal.
But you then have to accept that employers will still want that information, so will either try to work around it or just make assumptions. Neither of which you can prevent unless you want to make thinking a crime.
That the US have shitty labour laws is not my problem. Americans need to sort that out themselves. My country has maternity leave enshrined in law. Paternity leave laws absolutely could be improved, but there are some protections there.
And my last point is salient. We're discussing hiring practices, and ultimately no private company has to hire you.