Caregivers in the Courtroom: The Growing Trend of Family Responsibilities Discrimination
21 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2013 Last revised: 9 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2006
When people think of sex discrimination, they tend to think of glass-ceiling discrimination and sexual harassment. This article describes and documents a rapidly expanding area of employment discrimination law: family responsibilities discrimination, or "FRD." FRD is employment discrimination against people based on their caregiving responsibilities, whether for children, elderly parents, or ill partners. FRD includes both "maternal wall" discrimination -- the equivalent of the glass ceiling for mothers -- and discrimination against men who participate in childcare or provide care for other family members.
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