Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cunningham-Parmeter on Men at Work, Fathers at Home: Uncovering the Masculine Face of Caregiver Discrimination
Keith Cunningham-Parmeter (Willamette University College of Law) has posted on SSRN his recently-published piece in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law: Men at Work, Fathers at Home: Uncovering the Masculine Face of Caregive Discrimination.
Here is the abstract:
Despite their many workplace advances, women remain constrained by an enduring social expectation that they will manage their families’ domestic lives. Women will not achieve full workplace equality until men do more at home, and men will not enter the domestic sphere if they face employment retaliation for doing so. Men at Work, Fathers at Home addresses this problem by critically evaluating the legal challenges that fathers and other male caregivers face in proving claims of workplace discrimination. Drawing from Supreme Court precedent and gender theory, the Article explains how masculine norms deter men from asserting their caregiving needs at work, while undermining their ability to prosecute discrimination claims in court. By examining how these men can combat biases against male caregiving, the Article seeks to advance the goal of gender equality for both sexes.
This is a promising article that draws from Supreme Court precedent and gender theory to critically evaluate the unique legal challenges that male caregivers face in proving claims of workplace discrimination. Keith's piece will no doubt contribute much to the continuing debate over caregiver discrimination in the workplace.