Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Examining the Issues, Understanding the Legal Risks, and Exploring Positive Solutions

Source: Roger S. Kaplan
Employee Relations Law Journal
Vol. 34, no. 1, Summer 2008

This article analyzes family responsibility discrimination claims, the statutory bases for the claims, case law precedents, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance on the disparate treatment of workers with caregiving responsibilities. In addition, the author makes suggestions on how employers can develop the right mix of flexibility and fairness in work scheduling, leave policies, dependent care assistance, and benefits in order to be less vulnerable to charges of discrimination and other legal claims in this challenging environment.

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