Susan Crumiller Talks Widowhood Bias on ‘Financially Ever After’ Podcast

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On October 3, 2023, employment lawyer Susan Crumiller appeared on the Financially Ever After Widowhood podcast alongside host Stacy Francis and career coach Kelly Joyce. As President and CEO of Francis Financial, Francis’s podcast aims to empower “women to take control of their financial future after the loss of a spouse.”

Together, the trio delved into the topics of:

  • Seeking employment after widowhood
  • Bereavement leave policies
  • Reporting discrimination
  • Ultimately doing what’s best for your mental health

Unfortunately, widowed women are often subjected to unlawful discrimination at work based on gender, age, and/or disabilities that arise due to the impact of losing a partner on their mental health. This discrimination can come in the form of unsolicited comments about appearance, increased scrutiny of job performance, decreased pay or hours, demotion, or even termination.

In New York and other states, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on their marital status.

In addition, the sudden loss of a spouse can leave widows with the additional stress of raising children on their own. Susan emphasizes the importance of prioritizing your mental health through widowhood and seeking the advice of a lawyer who can help you advocate for better working conditions.

Most states do not require employers to provide bereavement leave upon the death of a spouse. Bereavement leave policies vary by employer, but Susan shares some tips on ensuring widows get the time and space to grieve as they need. She encourages widows to document everything and to lean on a vast support system which may include doctors, lawyers, and allies at work.

Listen to the episode: