The Estée Lauder Companies has been sued by the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission for discriminating against fathers, according to a report published by Bloomberg.
Lauder’s parental leave policy grants new dads two weeks’ paid leave, whereas women are awarded six weeks. According to the federal regulator, the policy is contrary to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
“It is wonderful when employers provide paid parental leave and flexible work arrangements, but federal law requires equal pay, including benefits, for equal work, and that applies to men as well as women,” said Mindy Weinstein, Acting Director of EEOC’s Washington Field Office in a statement.
The Estée Lauder Companies declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg and has yet to respond to the lawsuit.