EEOC Vows to Defend Employment Rights of Caregivers

In a public meeting, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission heard experts testify as to the discrimination caregivers face in the workplace.

More than 40 percent of American workers have given care to a family member or friend in the last five years, and almost half will be in the position of caregiver in the next five years.

EEOC Commissioner Stuart J. Ishimaru said, “Employers should not make decisions based on stereotypes and presumptions about the competence and commitment of these workers. EEOC will vigorously enforce the anti-discrimination laws as they apply to pregnant women and caregivers.”