In last week’s blog, I highlighted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he’ll be taking 2 months off work following the birth of his daughter later this year (even though, presumably, he would be entitled to 12 weeks under the FMLA, and 4 months under Facebook’s policy).
Well, paternity leave has hit the news again. Just yesterday, the EEOC sued Estée Lauder in federal court in Pennsylvania alleging that the company’s parental leave policy discriminates against men in violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act.
According to the EEOC, female Estée Lauder employees are eligible for, among other benefits, up to 6 weeks of paid maternity, adoption, and primary caregiver leave, as well as a transition back-to-work benefit comprised of flexible scheduling and possible work-from-home arrangements. On the other hand, absent a surrogacy situation, biological fathers generally are eligible for up to 2 weeks of paid secondary caregiver leave and are not eligible for transition back-to-work benefits. Continue Reading