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Parental Workplace Discrimination?

Lawsuits claiming "workplace discrimination because of family care-giving obligations" are on the rise, according to a New York Times Magazine [1] piece. The article profiled several parents who lost their jobs when their responsibilities to their families – including caring for a sick child or spouse – came in conflict with their work, or when a woman took maternity leave and was replaced while she was on leave.

The article also quoted work-life expert Joan Williams – University of California professor at the Hastings College of Law – as saying that the current workplace model of a "good" employee, someone who logs countless hours in at the office while enjoying "immunity from family work," spawned from "an increasingly outdated masculine norm."

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