State & Local FRD Laws

Nearly 30% of U.S. workers are protected from family responsibilities discrimination in the workplace. Our new report outlines the state and local FRD laws that protect parents during COVID-19.

Some states, counties and municipalities have family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against employees because they provide care to family members. These laws may make it illegal, for example, for employers to select employees for termination because they care for their children or other family members. Employees who work in a location that is not covered by one of these FRD laws may still be protected from discrimination by federal laws that cover family leave, sex discrimination, and disability discrimination. Our new report Protecting Parents During Covid-19: State and Local FRD Laws Prohibit Discrimination at Work outlines the state and local laws throughout the U.S. that protect parents from workplace discrimination during the pandemic. The WorkLife Law team has also developed model FRD legislation and model policy for employee handbooks.

For questions or assistance, contact the free WorkLife Law hotline, 415-703-8276 or For the most up to date list of applicable state and local laws, see the table below.

View the current table of Laws Protecting Family Caregivers at Work


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