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A colleague is writing about the effects of the workplace on an
employee's spouse and/or children. There are several scenarios we've
talked about that lend themselves to a network approach, and I would
appreciate a pointer to any network literature that dances near the
Scenario 1: The workplace is hostile because the boss is a jerk, and
the employees and their families form small mutual-support networks.
What benefits/harms are likely if one employee's family is included or
excluded from these networks?
Scenario 2: The workplace is hostile to gays and the employee is gay.
What benefits/harms are likely if the partner/children are shielded from
or exposed to the workplace?
Scenario 3: The workplace is "family friendly" and the employee is gay.
What benefits are likely if the partner and children of the employee are
included in the firm's family activities? What harms are likely if the
partner/children are excluded because the employee is gay?
Joseph W. Doherty
Empirical Research Group
UCLA School of Law
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