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Most Working Parents Worry About Employers Judging Them For Having Kids

The decision to make a baby is often a complicated one between you, your spouse — and according to a the recently released Bright Horizons Modern Family Index — each of your bosses. The new survey, commissioned by the childcare company Bright Horizons, found that nearly 70 percent of expectant parents say their job tops the list of considerations when deciding to start a family. Which is weird, considering your employer has never been in your bedroom.

The survey looked at 530 pregnant women, 515 women who had had their first child in the past 2 years and returned to work, and 150 men who did the same. Although more women were polled than men, moms and dads had a lot in common when it came to challenges returning to work. More than a third of new fathers reported feeling negatively judged by colleagues and supervisors following the announcement of their baby. That’s compared to 1 in 4 women who received similar judgement after announcing their pregnancies … and it wasn’t jealousy.

Once they returned to work, things got even worse for moms — 43 percent thought employers saw them as less committed, 39 percent believed employers wished they would quit, and 35 percent felt actively discriminated against. This is all despite the fact that 92 percent of new mothers planned on being as dedicated at they were before. Also, more than 66 percent looked forward to providing for their families — or in the wokest of cases, providing for their Stay-At-Home-Dads.

Employers should be equally worried about about losing moms and dads. This arguably bodes well for the future of equitable parenting policies like paid family leave. For perhaps the first time ever, new dads said that a family-friendly working environment was just as important to them as it was to moms. And even more surprisingly, 69 percent of fathers reported that they’d consider leaving a job over it, compared to 56 percent of mothers. Unless these businesses want to run solely on the labor of people without mouths to feed, they should stop being such Judge Reinholds (and Judies).

[H/T] Slate