USA: Govt. agency sues Estée Lauder alleging parental leave policy discriminates against fathers

Author: Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, Published on: 31 August 2017

"U.S. agency sues Estee Lauder Companies over parental leave policy", 30 Aug 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Estee Lauder Companies Inc of discriminating against men by giving them less paid parental leave than women.

The commission said in the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia federal court that the cosmetics company gave women six weeks of paid leave for “child bonding,” while new fathers received two weeks…

…[A] spokeswoman for New York City-based Estee Lauder, said the company does not comment on pending litigation…

In 2013 the company adopted a policy giving six weeks of leave to new mothers and “primary caregivers” and two weeks to “secondary caregivers.”

Sullivan told the company that he would be the primary caregiver to his child, but according to the lawsuit the company said that designation only applied in “surrogacy situations.”…

The EEOC wants a judge to order the company to change its policy, and is seeking backpay and compensatory damages for Sullivan and other male workers.

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