Family Responsibility Discrimination Law: Family Friendly Employer or Litigation Target?
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Family responsibilities discrimination against employees because of their family caregiving responsibilities, whether conscious or unconscious, is becoming a major issue for employers.
Employers have been the subject of increasing, but not well understood, claims based on FRD claims. These claims have been pursued under a variety of both federal and state laws, and have resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts. Learn how stereotypical thoughts about the work commitment and ability of employees with care obligations away from the workplace have led to costly claims. The EEOC has become quite active in the area since the issuance of its Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers With Caregiving Responsibilities which our speaker will be discuss and analyze. Review the proactive steps you can take to insulate your organization from FRD claims, and how to provide a workplace that can attract and retain capable employees who also happen to have family responsibilities. Understand how you can create and implement a policy to prohibit discrimination due to family responsibilities. Gain the know how to provide a workplace free of family responsibilities discrimination that will help facilitate a high morale and productive workforce, and avoid costly claims.
AuthorsFrank C. Morris Jr., Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD) Overview
• Based on Negative Stereotypes About the Work Commitment and Reliability of Employees With Family Care Obligations
• Increasing Diversity in the Workplace
• The Sandwich Generation Phenomena - Employees Caring for Children and Parents
• Millennial and Other Dads and Paternity and Other Child-Rearing Leaves
FRD Legal Claims
• Federal Laws Involved in FRD Claims and Representative Cases
• State and Local Laws Involved in FRD Claims and Representative Cases
• Identifying Common FRD Problem Areas
• Creating and Publicizing Employer FRD Policies
• Key Elements of an FRD Policy
• Supervisor Training to Prevent FRD
Other Employer Benefits of an FRD Policy
• Recruiting Employees With Scarce Skills
• Retaining Trained Employees, and Saving the Cost and Disruption of Hiring Replacements
• Increasing Morale and Productivity
• Avoiding Costly and Disruptive Lawsuits