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EEOC offers best practices to prevent caregiver discrimination

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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 the FMLA form a 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 pregnancy discrimination, 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)

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