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New York Law School

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More men filing workplace lawsuits

More men filing workplace lawsuits is an interesting July 28, 2008 National Law Journal article (registration required). As the article states:

The macho man image is dying in the workplace.

Employment and family law attorneys say a growing number of men are filing a wide variety of workplace lawsuits, suing over everything from more leave time to care for their children to sexual harassment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes that in 2007 it saw a record number of sexual harassment complaints filed by men. Men accounted for a record 16% of all sexual harassment complaints, nearly double the 9% figure in the early 1990s.

On the parental leave front, lawyers note, a growing number of men are filing Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims, many of them single dads with more responsibilities at home. Others are simply asserting their desires to spend more time with their children.
Lawyers are calling this a byproduct of the father's rights movement . . . .

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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I think it's important for employers to respect the rights of working fathers. Evenly applying the laws to both parents allows the wife to focus on her career as well and allows both parents to be equally involved with taking care of the family. I hope acceptance of fathers using rights such as FMLA continues to become more and more common.

Posted by: Dennis | Jul 28, 2008 10:52:14 AM

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