"There is obvious discrimination at play when someone in Levs’ own company could adopt his daughter and get eight more weeks of paid leave than he can.”
“This is one of the biggest factors in preventing women from leaning in to the workplace,” Levs said. “Our current policies police men out of caregiving roles and police women into them… Giving adequate, substantial parental leave… is good for gender equality and good for business.”
The new EEOC parental leave guidance involving fathers sends an unmistakable message: Discrimination against dads is illegal. Fathers are just as capable of and needed for taking care of our children as moms are. It’s time to end outdated policies that hurt women every day — policing women into caregiving roles while policing men out of them, making it nearly impossible for many couples to make non-traditional choices. Until more men have the chance to stay home after a child’s birth, many women won’t be able to “lean in” at work. That’s a central message of my upcoming book, Stretch Out. As a nation we need to stretch out the rigid structures — including laws and corporate policies — and reject sexist stigmas that are holding families, and our country, back.
Let’s hope the Neanderthals are listening.
“Everyone is quick to say fathers are not involved enough,” he says, but adds that “they have a disadvantage from the start.”
EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance published today includes examples of discrimination in providing leave for parents.
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