Single Workers

Single Workers

Compiled by Caroline Ogilvy and Jane Case

Topic Page Advisor:
Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues. 

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/FactSheet_SingleWorkers.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Domestic Partnerships (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_DomesticPartnerships.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Marital Status Discrimination (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_MaritalStatus.pdf

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2010, Issue 17: Single Workers

By: Lauren Leonard

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

To access this document (PDF):

https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS17_SingleWorkers.pdf

Policy Mini-Brief Series, 2010, Issue 12 - Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW and Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called the Policy Mini-Brief Series.  These publications are shorter, complimentary briefs to the Policy Briefing Series, providing state legislators and their staff with a one page summary of work-family policy issues.

Download Issue 12 in this series, entitled "Marital Status Discrimination":
https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/minib_maritalStatus.pdf

Policy Briefing Series (PBS), 2009, Issue 21 - Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW; Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called, the Policy Briefing Series.  These publications provide state legislators and their staff with answers to questions about specific work-family issues, such as, “How does marital status discrimination affect businesses in your state?" This publication is mailed to legislators across the United States.

Download Issue 21 in this series, entitled "Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/policy_maker21.pdf

In “Family Friendly” Workplaces, Singles Feel Overlooked (2006)

Bradley, M. (2006, June 12). In “family friendly” workplaces, singles feel overlooked. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0612/p13s01-wmgn.html

This article reveals what kinds of discrimination against single workers can happen in the workplace, including social exclusion and more overtime. It also discusses the negative consequences that can develop for employers and what can be done to avoid them.

To access this document, visit: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0612/p13s01-wmgn.html

Single Workers: Do Bosses Assume Your Job Is Your Life? (1998)


Burn, T. (1998, April 20). Single workers: Do bosses assume your job is your life? Unmarried America an Equal Rights Organization. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://fpd.gsfc.nasa.gov/diversity/Singleworkers.pdf


This article uses a study by the Conference Board to show how many childless single workers feel that they receive fewer benefits and have to work longer hours with fewer options for a flexible schedule.


To access this document (PDF), visit: http://fpd.gsfc.nasa.gov/diversity/Singleworkers.pdf

Hey, Singles: Do Co-Workers and Bosses Expect You to Cover for Everyone Else over the Holidays? (2008)

DePaulo, B. (2008, December 1). Hey, singles: Do co-workers and bosses expect you to cover for everyone else over the holidays? Message posted to http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single/200812/hey-singles-do-co-workers-and-bosses-expect-you-cover-everyone-else-over--0.


This blog post covers the issue of co-workers and employers assuming single workers can take extra shifts during holidays. A main problem is the fact that many singles have significant people in their lives that can take up their time, but they are not recognized because they are not spouses.  The article includes the suggestion that working during holiday time should be divided equally among employees, regardless of relationship status.


To access this document, visit: http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single/200812/hey-singles-do-co-workers-and-bosses-expect-you-cover-everyone-else-over--0

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