SOCMED SPYING GOES TOO FAR
A director of software development, Reginald Scott Braithwaite, working in Ontario, Canada, resigned a few days ago, ‘following changes to the social media policies that meant managers were permitted to log in to prospective employees’ social media accounts.’ (ref ‘Dear Mr. President, hereby, I resign’, April 3, 2012)
It’s not new that discrimination occurs in the workplace for employees with intentions of starting a family or having another child. Women have a long history with this kind of problem. But since parental leave rights were also extended to men (in Canada), future fathers are affected too.
However, what is new is to spy on the personal lives of people through social media. Employers requiring their employees to disclose Facebook passwords is unacceptable.
Women are often asked in interviews, Are you married? Are you single? Do you have children?, because it is known that women often have to take leave to care for a sick child, or have more family responsibilities when they are single mothers.
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE
I myself divorced.
What model of parent will I give my child? Divorced.
To name a few, the list of factors that hinder women’s capacity to raise a family is long.
Examples of factors:
- legally fight to obtain the right to maternity leave;
- legally fight spouse. Sometimes, they leave the day they find out they will be a parent;
- obtaining a divorce is a stressful and expensive process;
- the reasons for obtaining a divorce are almost as simple as changing shirt;
- sposal violence;
- spouse’s income falsified to avoid paying alimony;
- psychological evaluations (sometimes required as evidence in a divorce) rendered useless by the inability of evaluators to detect true characters.
We live in a patriarchal society. In the majority of cases, judges are men. And men often have no trouble circumventing laws. Children suffer from many circomstances of divorce.
In this book, Dr. Wallerstein questions many of our entrenched legal practices.