Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FRD—Not Law, but Courts and EEOC Think It Is

HR Daily Advisor
Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:00 AM
by Steve Bruce

What Family Responsibilities Discrimination Is Not ...

Family discrimination is not a new protected category, says Beachboard, who is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office of law firm Ogletree Deakins. (His tips came at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition held recently in Las Vegas.)

Furthermore, the family responsibilities discrimination concept does not prohibit an employer from treating parents/caregivers the same as childless workers.

Nevertheless, the EEOC does recognize employment discrimination based on stereotypes. The EEOC sees this new form of discrimination as an amalgamation of Title VII, FMLA, and ADA. EEOC's new family focus has been influenced by the fact that there are more women in the workforce, more families with two parents working, and the acceptance of FRD by the courts and legislatures.

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