PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The federal agency charged with stopping workplace discrimination has sued Estee Lauder, alleging that new fathers at the beauty products maker get lesser benefits than their female colleagues.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Philadelphia that Estee Lauder allows new fathers to take only two weeks of paid leave, but new mothers can take six weeks.
The suit was filed on behalf of Christopher Sullivan, an Estee Lauder stock person in a Delaware store. It says Sullivan was denied six weeks of "child-bonding" leave.
It seeks relief for men who work at the company who the EEOC says were denied equal parental leave benefits because of their gender.
The New York City-based company didn't immediately return a message Thursday seeking comment.