The Kansas City Business Journal interviewed Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC (SBH) member Michael L. Blumenthal for a recent article on the need for employers to review parental leave policies based on a landmark discrimination settlement. JPMorgan Chase recently agreed to pay $5 million as part of a class-action settlement to a group that made claims that leave policies were applied differently to men and women based on a definition of the term “primary caregiver.”
“[W]hat happened is lower level HR people were making stereotypical assumptions about who was the primary and who should be the secondary,” Blumenthal said in the article. “Stereotypical assumptions are at the heart of many types of discrimination claims.”
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Blumenthal is a founding member of Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris, with a practice devoted to representing management in workplace legal issues and representing businesses in high-stakes business litigation. He is known as an aggressive and passionate trial lawyer and is admitted to the bars of Kansas, Missouri, and Georgia and has defended lawsuits in more than 20 states.