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By now, most employers are aware that denying a female employee any benefit of employment simply because of gender is prohibited. Employers may not realize, however, that it is equally discriminatory to consider a woman’s status as a mother when making employment decisions. Employees across the nation are increasingly alleging discrimination based upon family caregiving responsibilities, which employers must address. In fact, family responsibilities discrimination claims are on the rise. FRD claims arise from statements, conduct and/or employment policies that discriminate against individuals based upon stereotypical views of women as mothers and, as described below, even men as fathers.

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