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Baby in the office? Providence mayor's habit sparks debate

2 months 1 week 5 days ago Monday, September 09 2019 Sep 9, 2019 September 09, 2019 6:50 AM September 09, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Seattlepi.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence mayor has not been shy about bringing his baby to work, and in doing so has ignited a debate about the role of children in the workplace Jorge Elorza has taken baby Omar to events ranging from ribbon cuttings to a closed-door meeting with the governor.

His City Hall office has a bassinet and toy box. To some, Elorza sets an example for how to juggle jobs and parenting at a time when many parents work long hours and pay skyrocketing daycare costs.

But detractors say Elorza is using Omar as a prop and benefiting from a double standard that would prevent a working mother from doing the same.

Elorza said he and his wife decided he'd bring Omar to work after assessing their busy, unpredictable schedules.

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