SF Chronicle editorial: Family care may need legal protection

April 09, 2013

By Lois Kazakoff

The tug between work and family life is hard on parents and their pocketbooks as they are often passed over for promotions and pay raises. Discrimination against workers with familial responsibilities is wrong but is a new state law to ban it a solution?

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, says that if her bill becomes law, it will help teach employers to treat everyone fairly.

It would put an end to an employer allowing one worker to shift his schedule so he can attend classes, but ignoring another worker's request for a schedule that would allow him to help his child with homework.