Family-Responsibility discrimination: A growing trend

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Charmaine, a mother of two preschool-age children, applied for an opening in her employer’s executive training program, but wasn’t accepted. Although four of the eight who were selected were women, Charmaine—believing she was more qualified than some who got into the program—filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

The EEOC’s investigation revealed that Charmaine had more experience and better performance appraisals than several of the other candidates. Plus, while the employer selected both men and women for the program, the only applicants with preschool-age children were men. As a result, the EEOC investigator determined that Charmaine had been subjected to illegal discrimination on the basis of her sex.

But if half of the applicants selected were women, how could the EEOC have determined that Charmaine was discriminated against on the basis of her sex?

The answer: Because Charmaine was treated less favorably t...(register to read more)

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