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For people with Employment Law issues, the situation is a lot more complicated. Employment law requires employees and former employees to follow a “process” or protocol in order to address their issues. The purpose of meeting with me is to find out where you are in that required process and what options you may have.

The consultation fee is to make sure that only people who are serious about pursuing a path that may result in a lawsuit meet with me. The fee is also based on my years of training and experience to help guide you to the next steps. You are getting the benefit of my real world experience in employment law and other areas of the law. That is why a Consultation Fee is required.

Caregiver discrimination in the workplace

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2021 | Employment Law |

Families often rely on one another during hard times. Sadly, few workplaces in Hawaii are understanding when it comes to caregiving responsibilities. Those who have to balance job responsibilities with caring for loved ones often feel as if they are failing at both, at least partially because of the caregiver discrimination they face at work. 

Caregivers face added challenges 

Experts predict there will be an exceptionally large number of elderly people who need care by as soon as 2030. Family caregivers are nothing new, though. Female caregivers are more than three times as likely to drop out of work because of caregiving responsibilities compared to their male counterparts. Both men and women take on caregiving roles though, with around 66% of all workers over the age of 50 having to adjust their hours or even leave their jobs to be caregivers. 

When is it discrimination? 

Identifying discrimination against caregivers is not always easy. Discrimination can sometimes look like taking away work assignments or refusing to provide accommodations once Family Medical Leave hours run out. Some of the following acts might also be indications of discrimination: 

  • Questioning whether a spouse should take over caregiving duties 
  • Refusing promotions until caregiving duties are concluded 
  • Warning caregivers not to take additional breaks in the future 

Caregiver discrimination can be devastating to one’s career, and also tends to coincide with otherwise difficult times of life. Caregivers in Hawaii truly deserve better. Those who have been the victims of discrimination and are ready to hold their employers’ responsible for their actions often choose to pursue workplace discrimination lawsuits, which can provide necessary compensation while also influencing change in the workplace.