Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

Emilee Geist

A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used their comfortable profit margins to extend workers new benefits, including extra time off for parents to help them care for their children.

It wasn’t long before employees without children started to ask: What about us?

At a recent companywide meeting, Facebook employees repeatedly argued that work policies created in response to COVID-19 “have primarily benefited parents.” At Twitter, a fight erupted on an internal message board after a worker who didn’t have children at home accused another employee, who was taking a leave to care for

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15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

Emilee Geist

15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day
15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

If you’re like most people, your extended time at home has made your humble abode a hot mess. Given how we do pretty much everything inside these days — from online workouts to working to cooking experiments — it’s understandable that our homes have become disasters.

Luckily, there are some cleaning tools and accessories that can help you out. Take advantage of these Labor Day sales to bring home some next-level cleaning devices on the cheap. Don’t forget to enter the code GOFORIT15 to enjoy your 15% off on all items. (Prices here reflect the promo code.)

Sonic Dot: Ultrasonic Cleaner

Ideal for making your personal belongings sparkle, the Sonic Dot is an ultrasonic cleaner that produces cavitation bubbles to clean at the microscopic level. Whether you’re washing clothes, personal hygiene tools, toys, watches, or even fruits and vegetables, it can

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