November 18, 2020

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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 latest report Protecting Parents During Covid-19: State and Local FRD Laws Prohibit Discrimination at Work outlines state and local laws to protect parents from work discrimination during the pandemic. Read the full report and additional resources, including model FRD law and model policy for employee handbooks. For questions or assistance, contact the free WorkLife Law hotline, 415-703-8276 or

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