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Estee Lauder faces federal lawsuit alleging gender discrimination

Fathers of new babies in West Virginia might be interested in news that the federal agency responsible for administering and enforcing violations of civil rights laws in the workplace has filed a federal lawsuit against a manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare products. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses Estee Lauder of gender discrimination. This follows a complaint by a father who was denied the same amount of time off after the birth of his child as is allowed for mothers who are employed by the company.

Reportedly, the EEOC filed the lawsuit on behalf of an Estee Lauder employee in another state who claims he advised the defendants of his child's birth and the intention to utilize his primary caregiver's leave of six weeks, based on company policy. However, the defendant informed him that biological fathers are only allocated two weeks leave as secondary caregivers. The lawsuit was filed in another state, seeking relief for all male employees of the defendant who have been subject to gender discrimination upon the birth of their children.

Court documents indicate that Estee Lauder permits mothers of newborn babies six weeks leave as primary caregivers. Furthermore, it allows new mothers additional accommodation in their transition back to work after those six weeks. These benefits allow flexible schedules during which they can work from home. Their work weeks can even be shortened while new fathers are not afforded any of these benefits.

A lawsuit such as this one underscores the employee rights that new fathers in West Virginia and other states have. Victims of this type of gender discrimination may be unsure of how to proceed. They are free to consult with an experienced employment law attorney who can evaluate the circumstances, explain their rights and assess the viability of a lawsuit. If such steps are viable, the lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the legal proceedings.

Source: mysanantonio.com, "Federal agency: Estee Lauder discriminates against new dads", Aug. 31, 2017

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