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Family responsibilities discrimination poses complex quandary

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Competing work and family responsibilities are a challenge for many employees—and employers are caught in the middle. They must balance the impact of employees’ needs to care for children and parents against their own primary mission of running a business.

But when employers make employment decisions based on sex stereotypes about caregivers or favor employees who don’t have family responsibilities, affected employees can successfully sue for family responsibilities discrimination (FRD).

The EEOC attributes the increase in claims of FRD to the significant increase in the number of women working outside the home.

Women now comprise almost half the U.S. work force. But women are still the primary caregivers in most families. As people live longer, employees are increasingly responsible for caring for their elderly parents. This has led to a rise in “sandwich” caregivers—employees who have caregiving responsibilities for bo...(register to read more)

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