The Grubb Law Group Fighting for Justice from
the Workplace to the Marketplace
Phone: 304-982-7755
Toll Free: 1-866-851-9292

Lawsuit prompts changes to parental leave policy

When people in Charleston hear the words "class action lawsuit," they may quickly conjure up thoughts of hundreds of plaintiffs uniting to take on some giant corporate entity whose blatantly reckless (and often criminal) action has caused untold harm to countless victims. While this may accurately describe some class action cases, it should be remembered that all this is required for a class action lawsuit is that a group of individuals have a shared grievance against the same entity. That grievance need not always be injurious, either. In some cases, it may be something as simple as ensuring equal treatment. 

Such was the argument being made by several male employees against JPMorgan Chase. The men were claiming that they were denied equal paid parental leave. Under the company's former policy, those not designated as primary caregivers of children were entitled to two weeks of leave (as opposed the 16 weeks afforded to new mothers). The plaintiffs stated in their lawsuit that the policy unfairly discriminated against men. The case was settled when the company agreed to pay $5 million to the class. 

The motivations behind class action lawsuits need not always be strictly financial, either. In this case, on top of securing the settlement, the plaintiffs succeeded in prompting JPMorgan Chase to change its parental leave policy to offer non-primary caregivers up to six weeks of paid leave. 

This case demonstrates all that can be accomplished through a well-orchestrated class action. Assistance is often needed in order to achieve such cohesions. Those looking to initiate class actions may find such assistance in the form of an experienced attorney.  

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

The Grubb Law Group

The Grubb Law Group
1114 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25301

Toll Free: 866-851-9292
Phone: 304-982-7755
Fax: 304-345-3355
Map & Directions