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Workplace discrimination tough for involved dads

No matter how many laws are passed in Georgia or how many lawsuits have been won, discrimination in Atlanta workplaces still goes on. Yet while women have traditionally been the ones speaking out against lower wages for the same work and other discriminatory practices, men who feel discriminated against in the workplace are starting to speak out more.

Single fathers who choose to be proactive in their children's lives often feel they do not receive the same understanding and accommodation that working mothers receive. This is also true for married fathers, who frequently are met with a response such as "Can't your wife handle it?" But it can be especially hard for divorced fathers who don't have a spouse to share part of the responsibility and must operate independently in their role as parent.

Working fathers being treated less fairly than working mothers appears to be a cultural issue in today's society. Women are generally seen as the caretakers of the children and, thus, it's more acceptable to supervisors when a woman asks to leave work early or asks for some other accommodation so she can tend to her children. In contrast, fathers who approach a supervisor asking to leave work early because of their obligations as a parent tend to be met with resistance and a lack of understanding. One working father said the message for him and others like him is "work first, parenthood second."

While many working fathers will admit working mothers don't have it easy, the prevailing opinion is it's still easier for women than men to be both an employee and a parent.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Workplace Discrimination: The Hidden Discrimination Divorced Dads Face At Work," Robert Anthony, Jan. 18, 2013

Parental rights are an extremely important topic in Marietta divorces. Learn more about our work with fathers' rights by visiting our website.

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