During the 1960s, when only 20% of mothers were in the labor force, employers could safely assume that committed workers in most jobs had someone else caring for their children, elders and ill family members. Those days are long gone. Today, men as well as women need to balance their desire to be responsible employees with their commitment to being responsible parents.

The Center for WorkLife Law provides a range of resources to help employers match today’s workplace to today’s workforce.

The Center for WorkLife Law helps employers to prevent family responsibilities discrimination in their workplaces. WLL provides timely information for employers and human resources personnel about FRD, training about what constitutes FRD and how to handle situations in which it frequently arises, and best practices for creating a more productive and loyal workforce through the development of a flexible work environment that meets companies’ business objectives while allowing employees to manage the demands of their daily lives.

Family responsibilities discrimination (FRD): Motherhood is the strongest trigger for gender bias against women—and men with caregiving responsibilities often encounter even stronger bias. WLL helps employers eliminate “family responsibilities discrimination” through fact sheets, trainings, a model policy, and employer’s alerts.
Best practices on work-life and gender equity: For resources to help academic employers retain women in STEM (science, math and engineering), including best work-life policies and the widely acclaimed gender bias bingo.
The Project for Attorney Retention: The Project for Attorney Retention which offers a wide range of resources for legal employers, was founded by WLL and is now a separate organization.
Improving work-life fit for hourly workers: Employers of low-wage workers often cope with turnover rates of 80% or higher without recognizing that ineffective scheduling practices drive high turnover and absenteeism and low worker engagement. For a study and best practices, click here.
Diversity Beyond the Body Count: Too often, diversity initiatives simply document the low number of women and people of color, which does not help employers understand how to remedy this situation. WLL’s “Diversity Beyond the Body Count” initiative mobilizes the latest in social science to give employers concrete guidance on how to change evaluation, work allocation and compensation systems to reverse the effects of implicit bias. (Coming soon)

Additional Resources

  • Employers’ Fact Sheet: Download the Employers’ Fact Sheet on Family Responsibilities Discrimination available as a pdf.
  • FRD Quiz: Test your knowledge of FRD. Download the FRD quiz as a pdf.
  • Recent Cases: Read about some recent cases. More >>
  • Model Policies: Check out WorkLife Law’s Model Policies. More >>
  • Steps to Prevent FRD: Learn steps employers can take to prevent FRD. More >>
  • Hotline: WorkLife Law operates a Family Responsibilities Discrimination Hotline, which employers with questions regarding the prevention of FRD can call for referral to an outside attorney with FRD expertise. More >>

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If you would like to receive occasional email alerts about recent cases, articles about FRD, and best practices tips for preventing FRD, please send your name and email address to through our contact form.

Need Training?

WorkLife Law provides fee-based trainings for HR professionals, managers and supervisors, and company counsel. It also has training packages that can be purchased. To discuss your training needs, please contact Cynthia Calvert at 415-565-4640 or completing this form.

Have a Question?

If you have a question about FRD or preventing FRD in your workplace, WLL’s attorneys are available to help you. Please call our Family Responsibilities Hotline or send an email with your question and contact information through the contact us form. Please note: while our attorneys are happy to provide you with information, they are not able to provide you with legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed between you and our attorneys based on your submission of a question and/or our attorneys’ response. If you need assistance finding an attorney to advise you on FRD matters, please let us know. Please note: WLL reserves the right to reproduce or otherwise use the questions it receives and its responses, but will delete all identifying information from the questions and answers before doing so.