Discrimination Against Employees Who Are Also Family Caregivers


  • Joan C. Williams
  • Molly T. Tami

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Year: 2003


  • Business Case
  • Dependent Care
  • Leave
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Public Policy


  • Gender Studies
  • Law


Legal theorists have typically assumed that the needs of family caregivers should be conceptualized within the framework of “accommodation.” This formulation of the work/family conflict asks whether employers should be required to accommodate women’s family responsibilities, even if such accommodation proves expensive (See, e.g., Kathryn Abrams, Gender Discrimination and the Transformation of Workplace Norms, 42 VAND. L. REV. 1183, 1220-26 (1989).) Several commentators have offered explicit arguments in favor of the accommodation model. This entry, however, argues that the “accommodation, though it’s expensive” model is a flawed way to conceptualize work/family issues, and that the more helpful model is one of “discrimination, backed up by the business case” (Williams & Segal, 2003).

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