gender roles, gender equality, working women, pregnancy, caregivers, FMLA, ACA
The country has prohibited sex discrimination since the 1960’s, but society continues to view women and men differently because women give birth, breastfeed, and are traditional caregivers. This article takes a historical look at court decisions and legislative efforts to address equality where men and women are not similarly situated and also explores recent developments and current debates, such as caregiver discrimination, lactation rooms and breaks, and the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Despite the abundance of legislation and court decisions over the past forty years, much progress still needs to be made.
McCormick, Marcia L. Gender, Family, and Work. Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, vol. 30, no.2 (2012).