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Workplace Discrimination and Caregiving

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The following article is from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York

 

"If you’re a working caregiver, you may have experienced Family Responsibility Discrimination (FRD). FRD arises when employers take adverse action against employees who have caregiving responsibilities at home, whether for children, older adults, or ill or disabled family members, and it is often based on the biased assumption that caregiving duties interfere with being able to do one’s job.

 

A recent study by the Center for WorkLife Law found that lawsuits filed by employees with family caregiving obligations increased almost 400 percent in the past decade, a time during which the overall number of employment discrimination cases filed decreased. A small but growing number of those cases involve caring for older family members. According to the report, claims of FRD relating to eldercare involve denial of leave and retaliation for taking leave....Read more"

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