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Letters | A shock to telecommuters’ system

Challenge of work-life balance steeped in inequity

In your article about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to make employees who work at home report to the office, you quote several Boston-area women on how important it is to be able to work from home (“No going back for those working at home,” Page A1, Feb. 27). I thought the quotes smacked of elitism.

For example, a vice president of a Framingham company said, “It’s really important to me to be able to cook a healthy dinner instead of sitting in traffic.” Is the chance to balance work and life with a flexible schedule something given only to higher-status, higher-pay women, or does it extend to people such as single mothers working minimum wage?

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