JPMorgan Chase offers men the SAME parental leave as women after a $ 5 million victory in class action for fathers seeking equal rights
- JPMorgan Chase will give men as much parental leave as women, according to a $ 5 million class action settlement reached on Thursday
- The payment will be divided among possibly thousands of men who were seeking primary care leave and were refused during the past seven years
- JPMorgan Chase officials thanked the employee who brought the problem to their attention when he filed a complaint about equal employment opportunities in 2017
JPMorgan Chase will give men the same amount of parental leave as women, according to a $ 5 million class action settlement reached on Thursday.
The payout will be divided among hundreds – or possibly thousands – of men who sought primary care leave and were refused during the past seven years, according to NPR.
It all started in 2017, when Derek Rotondo, a financial crime investigator for JP Morgan Chase, was denied primary care leave.
He told NPR that the reason given was that & # 39; men, as biological fathers, were probably not the primary caregiver & # 39 ;.
This file photo shows a man with his baby. JPMorgan Chase will give men as much parental leave as women, according to a $ 5 million class action settlement reached on Thursday
As a result, he was only given two weeks of leave before the birth of his son.
Rotondo responded by filing a complaint about the bank's gender discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Days after the filing, JP Morgan Chase agreed to grant him the extra leave he had been looking for.
While the case lasted two years, Rotondo said it was not a controversial legal battle.
& # 39; We thank Mr. Rotondo for notifying us & # 39 ;, Reid Broda, general adviser to JPMorgan Chase, told NPR in an email.
Rotondo said he wanted to get rid of these stereotypes where it is the woman's job to get the babies & cook and the man goes back to work and pays the bills. That doesn't work for everyone; it is not the century in which we live. & # 39;
JPMorgan Chase will give men as much parental leave as women, according to a $ 5 million class action settlement reached on Thursday
The case is one of an increasing number of class action expressions that American men are protesting against their employers and looking for equal leave policies.
CNN journalist Josh Levs, for example, reached a similar arrangement with Time Warner (the parent company of CNN), which subsequently changed its policy to become gender neutral.
In the same way, Estee lauder achieved parental leave for more than $ 1 million.
From a legal point of view, paid parental leave policy should be gender neutral, said Peter Romer-Friedman, a private lawyer who, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, represented Rotondo in the case.
& # 39; The Supreme Court has made it very clear that parental leave should be given for care under exactly the same conditions & # 39 ;, he told NPR.
However, women are still entitled to medical leave to recover from childbirth, which may extend the time they are away from work.
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