What are some examples of family responsibility discrimination or caregiver discrimination?
Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor
Family responsibility discrimination can take many forms. The following are some examples:
- Denying female employees with young children the same opportunities as male employees with young children;
- Reassigning a new mother to less desirable tasks based on the assumption that she will be less committed to her job;
- Asking job applicants whether and when they intend to have children;
- Retaliating against employees for seeking leave under the FMLA or for helping other employees in seeking leave under the FMLA;
- Giving female employees lower subjective ratings after they take on caregiving responsibilities without any actual decline in job performance;
- Subjecting a male employee to a hostile work environment because his partner has a disability; and
- Failing to promote an employee for fear that his or her family caretaking responsibilities will interfere with their ability to perform the job.