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LIU Post Professor: Male Caregivers Are Harassed at Work

Fathers active in child care and housework are stigmatized, according to new study by Dr. Sue Moon, professor in College of Management


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Sue MoonBrookville, N.Y. – Men who take time off to care for their children or take an active role in housework often experience “masculinity harassment” at work, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Sue Moon, an assistant professor of management at LIU Post.

Women who have no children were treated almost as badly, said the study, “Workplace Mistreatment of Middle Class Workers Based on Sex, Parenthood, and Caregiving,” by Moon and Jennifer L. Berdahl, associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto. The study was published in the Journal of Social Issues in June.
Moon and Berdahl surveyed more than 600 employees at organizations in a major Northeastern metropolitan area. Respondents indicated the extent to which they provided child care, and how often they experienced various forms of harassment and mistreatment in the workplace.

“The results of our survey largely support our predictions,” wrote Berdahl and Moon. “Caregiving fathers were subjected to the highest rates of masculinity harassment and women without children were subject to the second highest rates of masculinity harassment.”

“There’s been a lot of discussion about the gender pay gap, particularly reasons and solutions for inequity, including during the recent presidential debate” says Moon. “This research suggests that men who engage in caregiving and flexible work schedules may suffer consequences too.”

Dr. Moon earned a Bachelor of Commerce at the School of Business at Queen’s University, and Master of Industrial Relations at the School of Policy Studies, also at Queen’s University. Her Ph.D. in organizational behavior/human resource management was completed at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

“Dr. Moon's work is great exposure for our college, and further indication of LIU Post‘s leadership role in meaningful academic research into vital contemporary issues,” said Andrew Rosman, dean of the LIU Post College of Management.

Posted 06/14/2013

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