JPMorgan Chase has settled a $5M class action paternity leave suit which started after a male employee was told by the company that “in many cases only mothers were considered primary caregivers” and that he would not qualify for the full 16 weeks of leave offered to new parents.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that the employee filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming the policy to be discriminatory towards male workers.
After the employee’s lawsuit, several other male JPMorgan Chase employees also sued citing discrimination, resulting in the class action settlement.
According to Peter Romer-Friedman, an Outten & Golden civil rights attorney:
“Even as some companies like Chase expand the amount of paid leave to their employees, it is important for all to remember that these policies must follow our historic civil rights laws.”
SHRM encourages employers to review their own policies to ensure employee leave offered for bonding time with a new child is equal across mothers and fathers.
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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from SHRM on June 3, 2019.