ADEA, ADA, FMLA, now FRD??? Is FRD (Family Responsibility Discrimination) the latest acronym to add to the growing list of potential employee claims to be concerned about?
At our Annual Employment Law Seminar yesterday, I presented on this subject, which has been a recent “hot topic” in the world of Employment Law. I also prepared a handout for attendees. It’s a concise, easy-to-read summary of the “who, what, where, why, and how” of Family Responsibility Discrimination. You can now get a copy of the handout–use the link below to jump to a pdf copy of the materials. The articles might just turn out to be a handy reference when you have a potential FRD issue.
And if two pages (with pictures!) still seems to long for you, here’s the conclusion I draw at the end; i.e., The Bottom Line about FRD:
The line where bias turns into an actionable family responsibility claim is not always an easy one to see. But given the EEOC’s focus on this type of discrimination, it is essential you recognize the issues. Review the EEOC’s enforcement guidance carefully and seek advice of counsel if you have any questions about taking employment actions with respect to an employee with caregiving responsibilities.