Entitled to part-time accomodation?

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Entitled to part-time accomodation?
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Sat, 09-29-2007 - 6:53pm

There was an interesting story in the news recently about discrimination.

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Registered: 11-03-2006
Sat, 09-29-2007 - 7:49pm

I feel the law should treat female executives the same as it treats male executives.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 2:28am

Swedish law allows for a parent to opt work 80% instead of 100% until the youngest child turns 8. 80% is considered the equivalent of a full-time job and the person working 80% cannot be held back from promotions, benefits cannot be cut and bonuses must follow the same rules as for employees working 100%. However, the 80% can be taken by a mother or father (no special accomodation for women). It can also be divided between the parents so that each works 90% (one family I know opted for that arrangement), and it means a pay cut of 20% (or 10% for each parent if each works 90%).

Many families opt for this, but many do not. Most complain that woking 80% means one ends up doing about the same amount of work as before (just crammed into a shorter amount of time) and one is stuck with a hefty pay cut. Those that do opt for it, tend to only do it for a few years and then both parents go back to full time.

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 5:16am

Inasmuch as such accommodation is covered by FLMA, and inasmuch as such corporations may fall under its authority, I'd say EEOC was correct. FMLA does not require that the 3 months of leave be consecutive, full days off. I know of several people who have used it in order to work part time hours and be covered under it for their time/days off. One used it while her late husband was dying of cancer. With the FMLA coverage, she was able to leave work early, arrive at work late or take a full day off when needed in order to get her dh to treatment, doctors' appointments and the like.

Another woman is using it during her father's illness and hospitalization, also on a day by day or half day or couple hours off basis. by using it this way, which is fully within the spirit and letter of the Act, they've been able to cover themselves (as far as "excessive absenteeism" might be concerned) over a much longer period of time than the 3 months. In the first case, her husband's decline was nearly a full year before his death. Between her paid leave and the FMLA coverage she was able to keep her job secure and her family obligations met.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 1:50pm

Well I notice the part you have a problem with is them not accommodating part time hours.

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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 5:59pm

There should be no difference, or allowance, made for working women with children, than men in the same role *after* maternity leave. I think maternity leave in the US is ridiculously short, but that's another topic all together.


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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 6:04pm

Like I suspected, there is MUCH more to this than your post made out. Sounds like they are charging discrimination from when they announced pregnancy forward. They were basically demoted, replaced by younger, less qualified men in the comany. Not enough info to draw a conclusion but clearly not as cut and dry as you made out in your OP:


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/business/28pregnant.html?ref=business

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 6:15pm

Thanks for posting the link -- I thought of looking for it myself, because I knew there was more to

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 6:18pm
Yes totally agree. Salary level is irrelevant to rights. Its a red herring.
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Registered: 08-18-2007
Sun, 09-30-2007 - 8:40pm

By all means, please enlighten as to what I have omitted.


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http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/politics/ny-bc-ny--bloomberg-discrim0927sep27,0,2016821.story


Yes, upon their *return* from maternity leave.

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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 8:41pm

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