Monday, June 15, 2009

Parental Wage Discrimination

Vintage family from englandWe’ve discussed pay equity and maternal profiling on this blog. But this June 11 posting by Womenstake brings the two together, highlighting a study that shows mothers were far less likely to be hired than non-mothers, and earned about $11,000 less than non-mothers. Fathers, meanwhile, were judged to be more committed than non-fathers - a study in 2000 even showed that fathers received a “wage premium” in comparison to non-fathers.


The fathers in our lives should be honored, especially in this week leading up to Father’s Day. But let’s not confuse honoring one parent by discriminating against another.

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