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Family Responsibilities Discrimination

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Family Responsibilities Discrimination Series, Part 4: State Laws You Can Use to Fight Back

The previous blog post in this series discussing family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) identified federal laws that employees can use to take on employers that discriminate against them based on their caregiving responsibilities. This final blog post looks at the state laws and legal theories that are available to combat FRD. State Laws Employees Can Use …

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Family Responsibilities Discrimination Series, Part 3: Federal Laws You Can Use to Fight Back

Recently, we’ve been discussing family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) on this blog, explaining what it is and how it can occur. Now it’s time to turn to the federal laws that employees can use to fight back against FRD. An Overview of Federal Laws That Protect Against FRD A large number of FRD lawsuits are based …

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Family Responsibilities Discrimination Series, Part 2: An Overview

You’re doing well at work when the unexpected happens: you get a call that your mother fell and hurt herself coming down the stairs. Now she’s going to need help recovering from her injuries. Your mother lived alone, and none of your siblings are nearby, so it’s up to you to help your mother recuperate. …

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Family Responsibilities Discrimination Series, Part 1: Snow v. Vanguard

Over the next four posts, we’ll focus on the rights of those who have suffered discrimination because they are caring for a child, parent, or other family member. We hear every day about employees, especially women, trying to juggle parenting and work duties. Employers are generally aware that some of their employees are parents who …

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Military Breastfeeding Policies: Can I Serve My Country While I’m Nursing an Infant?

Regardless of whether you’re a mom who’s thinking of joining the military, a servicewoman who’s thinking of becoming a mom, or anywhere in between, you may have wondered how you can blend these two wildly different roles in your life. How can you be a mom to a nursing infant while also serving your country …

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The Case for Paid Parental Leave in the United States

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not offer some sort of paid parental leave. And that’s a problem considering that today, women make up 47% of the workforce, and 40% of those women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families. Study after study has shown the health and economic …

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California and Minnesota: Taking Care of Families

When it comes to protecting or helping caregivers, not all states are created equal. Federal laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, create a minimum level of employee benefits and rights (such as the minimum wage and protected unpaid family leave). However, states …

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Discrimination: How and Why Can It Be Legal?

We’ve written many articles and blog posts explaining or discussing illegal discrimination. As a result, it may come as a surprise to some of you that discrimination can sometimes be perfectly legal, even if it’s morally wrong or unfair. But how is this possible? Let’s start by looking at some scenarios. Scenario 1 John works …

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This Week in Family Responsibilities Discrimination

In the news and on many people’s minds this week was the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry and striking down bans on same-sex marriage across the country. But how will this decision affect family responsibilities discrimination? We look at this landmark decision …

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This Week in Family Responsibilities Discrimination

This week in family responsibilities discrimination, there was a lot of coverage of legislative efforts—both federal and state—to protect women from employment discrimination. There were also articles about insurance and paid leave as well as discussions about interesting pregnancy discrimination cases. State Efforts to Pass Reproductive Choice Discrimination Laws A number of states have attempted …

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