Description: This document supplements the 2007 guidance by providing suggestions for best practices that employers may adopt to reduce the chance of EEO violations against caregivers and to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity. Best practices are proactive measures that go beyond federal non-discrimination requirements.
Description: Workplace discrimination against mothers and others based on their family caregiving responsibilities is a rapidly growing problem. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) responded by issuing new enforcement guidance on caregiver discrimination. State policymakers are also beginning to respond.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (2007, May 23). Enforcement guidance: Unlawful disparate treatment of workers with caregiving responsibilities, in E.E.O.C. Compliance Manual, 2, § 615. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from: http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/caregiving.pdf.
Description: Although the federal EEO laws do not prohibit discrimination against caregivers per se, there are circumstances in which discrimination against caregivers might constitute unlawful disparate treatment. The purpose of this document is to assist investigators, employees, and employers in assessing whether a particular employment decision affecting a caregiver might unlawfully discriminate on the basis of prohibited characteristics under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Source: Gougisha, M., & Stout, A. (2007). We are family: employees with family responsibilities are insisting on equal treatment, and are finding supportive voices in court. HR Magazine, April 2007.
Description: The ongoing struggle between the traditional concept of an ideal employee - historically modeled around men who work full time - and the rapidly changing workplace that must accommodate employees with family caregiving responsibilities has morphed into a pressing legal issue for many organizations.