Title

Work-Family Backlash: Begging the Question, What's Fair?

Authors

Mary B. Young

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Volume

562

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Abstract

This article examines current work-family practice and scholarship in light of recent demographic shifts that make employees without children under age 18 the predominant group in the workforce. One consequence of this change is work-family backlash, a controversy over the fundamental issue of what is fair. Organizational justice theory helps illuminate the deep assumptions that underlie both corporate work-life policies and employees' perceptions of their fairness, as data from a qualitative study of work-life issues show. Organizational justice theory can also make a significant contribution to work-family research.

Comments

Originally published by SAGE Publications. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.

DOI

10.1177/000271629956200103