Promotional bias against those who use FMLA
Bingham, Kecia Lynee
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Despite the growing need for family friendly work policies, few studies have investigated how use of such policies are viewed within organizations. This study examined the issue by focusing on how use of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), affects managerial-level promotion decisions, and whether applicant’s gender influences this relationship. A 2x3 design was used to address this question. FMLA use was negatively related to promotability ratings, but only multiple leaves appeared disadvantageous for an employee’s career. Males who took two leaves received the lowest promotability ratings. Perceived affective commitment partially mediated the relationship between FMLA use and promotability ratings, while gender moderated the perceived affective commitment and promotability relationship.