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November 15th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Parents vs. the Childfree: Workplace Tensions Build Before the Holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching.  And that means an unspoken tension is building that pits workers with kids against those without.  Who should get priority for time off?  The conflict between parents and non-parents is a serious matter for many employers, as Katherine Reynolds Lewis found.  She just wrote about the topic for The Fiscal Times.  The article featured the experiences of Richard Levy, a research director who doesn't have kids.  Levy and Reynolds Lewis spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about parents versus the childless on the job.

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  1. Barbara Johnson

    I find this most interesting! As a single Mom (in the 80's/90's)...I don't recall anyone being favored because they had children. If your job provides, or doesn't provide, holiday time off...It is your job. If you chose a job which is them and leave. If you work overtime...organize a union (YES, A UNION)...and get paid for your work. I find it humorous when people gripe, grumble and complain...when their working conditions suck...and at the same time they join the Anti-labor political party. Give me a break!!


    November 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  2. anonymous

    As a single individual i find the outrage absurd. I understand the rationale that we are all entitled to the same rights. I just don't understand the narcissistic mentality. How can you equate yoga with a child? Is your zen state worth more than a child seeing his/her mother's face at a school play? I would imagine that having children is stressful enough and this disdain for going out of ones way to help another individual just seems absurd to me. I'm not advocating a policy of parents receiving all the benefits in the work place or even preferential treatment, just more civility. If the law has even managed to find room for civility with a duty of good faith (and other doctrines) then its would hurt single individuals to take a note from posner or r. putnam and occasionally help a co-workers out.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  3. Jessica

    If I have available time, it is nobody's business what I'm doing with it. It is not up to someone else to deem it worthy or unworthy.

    November 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Tiffany

    @ Anonymous,

    Its not about Yoga being more important than a child seeing his/her mother's face. Its about choices. This person has chosen to spend their time with piano lessons and yoga, the parent has chosen their time raising kids. No one should put one over the other as far as importance because people do whats important to THEM...I shouldn't have to give up any of my time, rights, time off, or anything for that matter because someone else has way. Talk about a narcissistic mentality.

    November 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |