By Kevin Fritz
A recent charge of discrimination against a large media company brings gender stereotyping front and center. A large entertainment corporation had a paid time off policy for new parents that provided 10 weeks paid leave for biological mothers, but only two weeks for biological fathers. One male employee — and recent father– claimed that the policy was discriminatory and presented an issue of gender bias. But was the recent dad really getting shorted? Do similar paternity leave policies discriminate against males on the basis of their gender?
Of course, there is no clear answer. And while an overwhelming majority of sex bias claims are still filed by women, the anticipated influx of same-sex parents, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, underscores that this is an increasingly important issue facing employers.