Should mothers get more sick days at work than non-parents to account for days when a child is sick? Furthermore, should a working mom be allowed to bring a sick child to the office if they have, let's say, a meeting that they can't miss?
Here's what one career advisor had to say in an article on The Stir.
"Unfortunately, being a working mom comes with many many challenges, one being backup childcare," says Lainee Beigel, founder of career coaching company CareerEsquire.com. "When your child is sick, it throws off everyone's schedule and is extremely stressful."
And yet, "as much as I would like to say 'yes, a working mom is entitled to bring their child to work if needed,' I don't necessarily agree," Beigel continues. "First, if your child is sick, they want to be in bed, not in an office. Second, people you work with don't like when colleagues come in sick, let alone bring a sick kid. This is just a way to taint your reputation."
The Outnumbered panel - featuring Jesse Watters and the debut of Rachel Campos-Duffy - went back and forth on this topic this afternoon
Duffy, who is the wife of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and a former "The Real World" cast member, led off by arguing that companies, if possible, should try to give parents the option to work from home instead of using a sick day.
She later argued that companies need to make accommodations for "dynamic, interesting women."
"If you want these kind of women, you better accommodate for them, because they come with mom problems," said Duffy, agreeing that fathers should get the same treatment.
Watters came up with an interesting scenario, wondering what would happen if Bill O'Reilly walked in to the "Factor" office to find a sick, crying child.
"He'll probably put the toddler to work," he said.
Watch the full discussion above, including Watters recalling O'Reilly's thoughts on paternity leave.