Report: Generous Parental Leave Policies Trigger Discrimination Lawsuits

The labor law experts at OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler have alerted clients about the increase in class action lawsuits by employees who claim they have been denied equal parental leave time.

Recently, JPMorgan Chase reached a tentative settlement with a male employee who took legal action because he was not offered the company‚Äôs 16-week paid parental leave for mothers who are primary caregivers. The employee’s gripe? He received only two weeks to bond with his newborn.

The attorneys at Bricker & Eckler write: “The recent uptick of lawsuits and settlements regarding unequal paid parental leave highlights the importance of understanding the different types of leave and ensuring that policies conform to the applicable laws. Well-intended and often progressive leave policies can easily run afoul of such requirements.” 6/3/2019