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2 - The Caregiver Conundrum

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2023

Nicole Buonocore Porter
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Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
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Chapter 2 provides an overview of caregiver discrimination in the workplace. It provides a history of the gendered norms that still affect our workplaces and our lives. It describes the three facets of what I call the “caregiver conundrum”—(1) not enough time; (2) not enough money and opportunities for advancement; and (3) the stereotypes affecting caregivers in the workplace. The chapter then discusses several “lackluster laws” that fail to provide sufficient protection for working caregivers. These include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects against sex discrimination; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which protects against discrimination based on pregnancy; and the Family and Medical Leave Act, which mandates job-protected leave in certain circumstances. This chapter demonstrates how inadequate the protections are for most workers who are trying to balance work and family, despite these three laws.

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The Workplace Reimagined
Accommodating Our Bodies and Our Lives
, pp. 15 - 32
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • The Caregiver Conundrum
  • Nicole Buonocore Porter, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Book: The Workplace Reimagined
  • Online publication: 11 May 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009347440.003
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  • The Caregiver Conundrum
  • Nicole Buonocore Porter, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Book: The Workplace Reimagined
  • Online publication: 11 May 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009347440.003
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  • The Caregiver Conundrum
  • Nicole Buonocore Porter, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Book: The Workplace Reimagined
  • Online publication: 11 May 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009347440.003
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