Chris McCall was getting ready for the birth of his seconddaughter in 2013 when the unexpected hit: He was let go after fouryears at agencyQ, a digital marketing company in Washington.

After a couple of months of looking for a job, and caring for aninfant and her two-year-old sister, McCall and his wife, Rebecca,decided he would be a stay-at-home dad. His wife would earn thefamily paycheck.

A third daughter came in 2015, and McCall, 39, started to worryabout his ability to get back into the job market. When he applied,he encountered an obstacle familiar to many workers: a bias againstolder employees and people with resume gaps.

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