NYC Calif bills show fight to protect caregivers
In this Dec. 12, 2013 photo provided by A Better
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the law of the land that you can't be fired because you're a woman or transferred to the night shift because you're black.
But if you're punished at work because you need time to take your elderly mother to the doctor, you might be out of luck.
In most places around the country, there's no specific safeguard against employment discrimination based on a worker's status as a caregiver. Connecticut and the District of Columbia are exceptions.
Legislation that would change that is pending in New York City and California. At a recent hearing on the New York bill, a woman testified that she lost her job because her employer wouldn't accommodate her child care, though other workers were given hours that allowed them to go to school.