Tuesday, September 6, 2011
From the New York Times:
A few pages from the end of a 64-page legal decision dismissing claims that Bloomberg L.P. had engaged in a pattern of discrimination against new mothers and mothers-to-be, Judge Loretta A. Preska set aside the legalese to offer some blunt remarks on a topic dear to the hearts of many working parents (and those who choose not to be).
“The law does not mandate ‘work-life balance,’ ” she wrote, in a decision issued on Wednesday. “In a company like Bloomberg, which explicitly makes all-out dedication its expectation, making a decision that preferences family over work comes with consequences.”
With those words and others like them, including a quotation from the former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch — “there are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences” — Judge Preska, of United States District Court in Manhattan, rekindled a debate about how far companies should go in accommodating mothers in the workplace.
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