THE LAW: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act and thea loose web of protection for employees the EEOC terms “caregivers”—those who have caregiving responsibilities for minor children, disabled adult children or elderly parents.
WHAT’S NEW: In February, the EEOC held hearings on caregiver issues. Much of the discussion focused on, an issue of greater importance now that the economic downturn has increased the percentage women in the workforce. Women currently make up 47% of the nation’s workforce.
Record numbers of working adults now care for elderly parents, a burden that falls disproportionately on women. Working women (20% of all working women) are more likely to be caregivers than working men (16%).
For federal fiscal year 2011, the EEOC resolved the second highest num...(register to read more)