Would you think less highly of male applicants because they took leave under theAct ( )? Your first answer may be "No," but a new study suggests otherwise.
In the study, business professors at Wake Forest University provided 242 people with mock personnel files containing resumes, job descriptions,and FMLA-request forms. Based on that data, the study participants then assumed a manager's role and rated each employee on a range of attributes associated with being a "good corporate citizen." Example: They tried to estimate whether workers would be punctual, help co-workers or work overtime if needed.
Result: Male employees who tookto care for newborns or ailing parents were rated less favorably than women who did the same.
Bottom line: Pay attention to the culture you're creating in the workplace when it comes to. Strive for equal participation with no bias. Treating male FMLA-takers differently could prompt a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit.