Do “Family-Friendly” Workplaces Discriminate Against Childless Employees?
- Do people who don't plan to have children have different definitions of family from those in traditional bonds?
- Do employers need to be particularly mindful of the rights of employees without children, especially LGBTQ employees?
- How do childless individuals deal with the growing integration of work and family at the workplace?
- How should employees take into account the rights of childless people while showing flexibility toward people with children?
Jenny Dixon, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College
Her research focuses on work and family issues for employees in non-traditional family structures. She is also interested in diversity training and nondiscrimination policies.
Debbie S. Dougherty, Ph.D.
Department of Communication, University of Missouri
She studies the multiple and complex strands of organizational power structures, and how communication occurs within them.
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