'Lean In' Maternity Advice Could Spawn Litigation

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT) -- No matter how well-intentioned, employment attorneys say that asking female employees whether they're planning on having children — as Facebook honcho Sheryl Sandberg advises in her bestseller "Lean In" — will result in one thing: a lawsuit.

The question comes up in the book when Sandberg gets the sense that a woman is declining a promotion or more responsibility — self-limiting, in the parlance of “Lean In.” To make sure she isn't, Sandberg asks: "Are you worried about taking this on because you're considering having a...
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