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While married parents in the workplace often experience either the “motherhood penalty” or the “fatherhood premium,” workplace bias doesn’t exist either way for single moms and dads, according to a research study by University of Arizona sociology doctoral student Jurgita Abromaviciute.
In her study, Abromaviciute asked 160 college students to evaluate job application materials — including a resume and notes from a human resources interviewer — from fictitious job applicants with comparable experience, all applying for an upper management position with a communications company.
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Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.
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