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

Mayor Jorge Elorza holds his baby, Omar at a speaking engagement. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

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 day care 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.

 

  • Vi DI

    Is day care available? Or is the cost too high for his income?

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