I have wondered about the potential for gender discrimination to work against men as well and make it harder for them to spend time with the family because they face larger costs from doing so at work. From The Age, it appears someone agrees with this possibility:
MEN are feeling pressure to work long hours when they don’t necessarily want to, and should be given the same opportunities as women to work part-time, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner says.
“What we need is more senior part-time roles filled by men and women,” commissioner Elizabeth Broderick told The Age. “Flexibility is absolutely part of the modern workplace, and it’s about men and women, not just women with young children.”
The pressure felt by men is particularly enhanced when their partners have children and they become the primary breadwinner in the family.
Fathers of infant children are among the hardest working in the country, preventing them from spending time with their partners and children.
“They work more hours than other men, and they don’t want to,” she said. “Men have said to me, ‘My female colleague can work three days a week, but if I ask for that, there’s a culture that says he’s obviously not committed to his workplace’.”