Most companies have a pretty standard parental leave policy for new parents: mothers get more time off than fathers. Because federal standards only require that companies with over 50 employees give 12 weeks of leave (paid or not) to primary care providers, state and company policies vary widely. In particular, JPMorgan Chase has touted its relatively progressive system: primary caregivers (typically mothers) get 16 weeks of paid leave while secondary caregivers (typically fathers) get two. But for one Ohio dad, these two weeks weren’t nearly enough.
Along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Derek Rotondo, who has worked for JPMorgan Chase since 2010, is filing a civil rights complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against his employer. He says that the company’s parental leave policy violates the Civil Rights Act because it discriminates against fathers who want to be the primary care providers for their newborn by offering them less time off.
According to a blog post that Rotondo wrote for the ACLU, the company requires that secondary caregivers who want to be recognized as primary must prove that the child’s mother is…
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