Job market tough for dads

Aug 26 2003 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Fathers who have spent time staying at home to look after their children face a tough job breaking back into the conventionally-minded American jobs market.

According to one man interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, one interviewer asked him if he was gay or "just weird, since 'stay-at-home dad' isn't something a man is willing to admit to," he was told. A second interviewer accused him of failing to keep current with technology because "raising kids was too time-consuming."

As the Chronicle says, "While most employers are accustomed to dealing with mothers who return to the work force after a period at home, few have experience with fathers attempting to do the same."

San Francisco Chronicle | Stay-at-home dads fight stigma in job searches