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Addressing Family Responsibilities Discrimination

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network; Hastings College of the Law. Center for WorkLife Law

Author(s): Stephanie Bornstein; Julie Weber

Topic: Business (Business organization, administration, and management)
Labor (Workplaces)
Social conditions (Discrimination and affirmative action)

Keywords: family responsibilities discrimination; caregiving discrimination

Coverage: United States


The brief describes state policy efforts to address family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) -- employment discrimination in which workers are fired, demoted, not promoted, denied employment benefits, or harassed because of their caregiving responsibilities for a child, partner, or elderly relative. The brief explores the growing problem of FRD, why FRD is a policy matter, and how FRD negatively impacts both employees and their employers.
The brief also details recently proposed state legislation on FRD, the first research of its kind to do so.


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