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More American men clamor for paternity leave: ‘A father shouldn’t have to be lucky to form a bond with his child’

Jul 26, 2019 / News Item /
Michael Jenks was ready for the ribbing from male co-workers as he prepared to take off three months in 2016, ahead of his son’s birth. Older male bosses congratulated him. “They wished they could have taken more time. They have hindsight,” the 40-year-old Anchorage, Al. resident said. It was the childless co-worker in his late 20’s who cracked, “’Why are you doing that? The baby just sits there.’” Chad R. MacDonald didn’t get gentle teasing. His bosses laughed at his request for time off, days after his wife’s March 2013 emergency C-section. “We’re not f-----g doing that. You want to take...
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Morgan Stanley, UBS, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Update Parental Leave Policies

Jun 11, 2019 / News Item /
Wirehouses and their parent companies have updated their parental leave policies in recent years, giving more generous time off for parents and, at least at first glance, making them gender neutral. But some of the new policies have continued to categorize leave-taking employees as either primary or secondary caregivers, and the secondaries are permitted shorter leave time. Some of the revised policies consequently have deterred fathers from taking their leave days, particularly when their spouses also take their leave days, according to Peter Romer-Friedman , a plaintiff lawyer who...
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Law Firms Court Risk With 2-Tiered Parental Leave Plans

Jun 7, 2019 / News Item /
JPMorgan Chase’s recent $5 million deal to resolve claims that its parental leave policy discriminated against men highlights the risk that comes with leave plans that afford differing benefits based on who's a "primary caregiver." While employers are moving away from making those distinctions, many large law firms still use a two-tiered approach. The JPMorgan suit centered on the firm's two-tiered leave policy, which gives "primary caregivers" of new children more time off than secondary caregivers. Worker Derek Rotondo argued JPMorgan made this distinction a stand-in for gender, violating...
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How a dad’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase could lead to more equal parental leave elsewhere

Jun 6, 2019 / News Item /
Human resources consultant Carol Sladek doesn’t need to look any further than her phone to guess how a recent legal settlement over parental leave at JPMorgan Chase might influence the benefits received by new dads at other companies. The banking giant recently agreed to pay $5 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of male employees who argued they did not have the same access to parental leave as new mothers -- an outcome Sladek and other employment experts believe could accelerate the trend toward more clearly gender-neutral policies for new parents. * * * While it is at...
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JPMorgan Chase settles claims it discriminated against dads

May 31, 2019 / News Item /
JPMorgan Chase on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a discrimination case related to its parental leave policy for fathers. The class-action case was prompted by a man at the company who said he was denied the opportunity to take additional paid parental leave as a primary caregiver. * * * The charge was originally filed in 2017 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Derek Rotondo, an investigator on the bank's security and audit team. Rotondo alleged that he was not given the same amount of parental leave after the birth of his two children as employees who were...
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Chase to Pay $5 Million to Dad Employees Who Allege They Were Denied Full Parental Leave

May 30, 2019 / News Item /
When Derek Rotondo, a seven-year investigator with JPMorgan Chase, asked to take the company’s 16-week paid parental leave, he was told that “only mothers are automatically considered to be primary caregivers.” * * * But now, thanks to a gender-discrimination complaint he filed in June 2017 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that policy has changed. The complaint resulted in a “first-of-its kind” class-action settlement on Thursday, in which the bank agreed to pay $5 million to about 5,000 fathers who allege they were denied the opportunity to take appropriate paid parental...
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Victory for Fathers in a Parental Leave Case That Could Be a Harbinger

May 30, 2019 / News Item /
For years, scholars, activists and mothers have criticized policies that place the burden of child-rearing overwhelmingly on women. Increasingly, fathers are joining the criticism of these policies — and asserting their legal rights to challenge them. On Thursday, JPMorgan Chase announced that it had reached a tentative settlement in a class-action case initiated by a father who was denied the 16-week paid parental leave that the company began offering in 2016. He was offered only two weeks, on the grounds that he was not the primary caregiver. As part of the proposed settlement, the company...
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JPMorgan Agrees to Record Settlement in Anti-Dad Bias Case

May 30, 2019 / News Item /
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve a discrimination claim filed by a male employee who alleged the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads. The payout resolves a 2017 complaint brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging bias against Derek Rotondo, who had applied unsuccessfully for the 16-week parental leave benefit available to employees who are the “primary caregiver” of a new kid. JPMorgan doesn’t admit liability in the settlement. It’s the biggest recorded settlement in a U.S. parental leave discrimination case, according to Rotondo’s...
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Dads Reach Historic Paid Parental Leave Class Action Settlement with JPMorgan Chase

May 30, 2019 / Press Release /
Chase to Pay $5 Million to Male Employees Who Allege They Were Denied Parental Leave on the Basis of Sex CONTACT: Ana Blinder, ACLU, 646-905-8877, ablinder@aclu.org Peter Romer-Friedman, Outten & Golden LLP, 718-938-6132, prf@outtengolden.com Celina Coming, ACLU Ohio, 614-586-1972 ext. 122, ccoming@acluohio.org NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, and Outten & Golden LLP announced a first-of-its- kind class action settlement with JPMorgan Chase (Chase) on behalf of male employees who allege they were unlawfully denied access to paid parental leave on the...
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