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May 2023
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In the wake of the pandemic, many employers continue to allow their employees to work from home, but much of the workplace remains governed by strict structural norms such as shifts, schedules, attendance, and leave-of-absence policies that determine when and where work is performed. In The Workplace Reimagined, Nicole Buonocore Porter explores how these workplace norms marginalize people with disabilities and workers with caregiving responsibilities. Using COVID-19 as a lens to illustrate how entrenched workplace norms are often not inevitable or necessary, Porter theoretically and practically reconceptualizes the workplace to end the stigmatization of these employees and helps readers understand the value of accommodating all workers. The Workplace Reimagined is timely, eye-opening, and will help us realize a workplace in which we account for the reality, the precarity, and the diversity of all our lives and bodies.


‘Porter skillfully elucidates the oft-ignored struggles faced by employees who require modifications due to disabilities and caregiving responsibilities. Yet she does much more than that. Through her convincingly detailed law reforms, Porter reconceptualizes not only legal protections but also complex relationships between employers, colleagues, and clients - a real revolution for work law!’

Doron Dorfman - Seton Hall University School of Law

‘Porter’s comprehensively researched and clearly written explanation of why ‘real workers’ need accommodations exposes, through trenchant examples, how American business ignores workers’ needs in favor of corporate profits. Her proposal to avoid ‘special treatment stigma’ by accommodating everyone should be taken seriously by legislators and employers alike.’

Ann C. McGinley - Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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