Disparities in tardiness
noticed certain inequities in corporate America. I'm not referring to the
difference in pay between CEO's and their employees. I'm also not talking
about the disproportionate number of male managers verses female managers or
even Caucasians managers verses Managers of Color. I speak to you today of the
inconsistency between what is considered acceptable absences and tardiness of childless individuals and those who have chosen to spawn. Although I have complained
about some child related issues in the past, let me assure you that I do not
hate children, or families or even parents in general.
No; my complaint is clear. It is with the preferential treatment that these parents get just for having spread their DNA across this ever so sparsely populated planet. It's like we reward them for breeding. On the same token, we punish others who don't fulfill the perceived breeding obligation. This is frequently demonstrated in the gross disparity of excused absences in the work place.
Person A is childless and has a cold. He is expected to come into work.
Person B has a baby and her husband has a cold. She is permitted to stay home with the baby.
Person A is single and broke an arm. Without even considering otherwise, she comes into work.
Person B "slept funny" because the baby was crying all night and now his neck has a kink in it. He's working from at home for two days.
Person A is single and has company for the week. He is informed that it's too busy to take time off, and therefore has to come into work.
Person B has a wife who just needs a break from the baby, and therefore stays home so his wife gets some quality time to herself.
Person A is single and bleeding inexplicably from every orifice. He is asked to just come in and cover the morning shift.
Person B has a headache, but he has a baby. So he stays home.