Bloomberg Law
Aug. 30, 2017, 6:04 PM

Estée Lauder’s New Parent Policy Discriminates, EEOC Says

Jon Steingart
Jon Steingart
Legal Editor

Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. discriminates against male employees by providing them with less generous parental leave benefits than it gives women, according to a new lawsuit (EEOC v. Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., E.D. Pa., No. 2:17-cv-03897, 8/30/17).

The leave policy gives “primary caregivers” six weeks of paid leave but provides only two weeks for “secondary caregivers,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in a complaint filed Aug. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC sued on behalf of a male employee, Christopher Sullivan, who said the company would only grant him ...