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News: EEOC Guidance on Discrimination against Working Parents, Other Caregivers

EEOC Guidance on Discrimination against Working Parents, Other Caregivers

On May 23, 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities. Click the link below for more information.

The purpose of this guidance is to assist EEOC investigators as well as employees and employers in assessing whether a particular employment decision affecting a caregiver might unlawfully discriminate on the basis of characteristics (sex, race, etc.) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The guidance is not intended to create a new protected category, but rather to illustrate circumstances under which stereotyping or discrimination against a working parent or other caregiver constitutes unlawful treatment under federal statutes.

The guidance includes examples of “benevolent” stereotyping, examples of conduct that are unlawful, even though the employer believes that it is acting in the employee’s best interest.

Employers should call an attorney at Schubert Bellwoar to discuss these and other important legal requirements before making any difficult employment-related decisions.




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