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Be careful! Caregiver discrimination claims are on the rise

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by Abigail Crouse, Esq.

In recent years, employees have begun filing more and more “caregiver” or “family responsibility” discrimination lawsuits.

Caregiver discrimination and family responsibility discrimination are terms that describe the growing number of suits that charge employers with discriminating against employees based on assumptions about their family responsibilities. The EEOC has identified family responsibility discrimination as one of the top issues it’s focusing on.

Discrimination arises when an employer bases employment decisions not on an employee’s actual performance, but rather on stereotypes of how the individual will or should act due to his or her caregiving role.

No federal or Minnesota law specifically addresses discrimination against caregivers. However, treating employees with caregiving responsibilities differently than other employees may violate various employment laws, including T...(register to read more)

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