What is parental status discrimination?

Many people are aware of the prevalence and unacceptable nature of discrimination based on an employee’s age, race or religious beliefs. However, in Washington, D.C., and cities all over the U.S., workers are subjected to many other types of discrimination, such as parental status discrimination. If you think that you may have been illegally discriminated against based on your status as a parent, you should assess the details of what took place and go over your options.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Executive Order 13152 prohibits parental status discrimination. Whle the EEOC does not include parental status discrimination as a covered basis when enforcing discrimination laws, this form of discrimination may constitute disability discrimination or sex discrimination, dependin on the details of what happened. Moreover, if you are a federal worker or are applying for a federal job, you should remember that this form of discrimination is prohibited in the federal workplace by government policy.

If you have children discrimination based on your parental status can be especially troubling. Whether your hours are cut, you are denied a job you are perfectly qualified for or you are fired solely because of your parental status, this discrimination can be financially and emotionally draining. If your employee rights have been trampled on, you need to start reviewing the best path forward and should hold accountable those who have broken laws that were put in place to protect workers from unfair treatment.

Remember, this post is not offered as an alternative to legal advice.