JPMorgan Agrees to Record Settlement in Anti-Dad Bias Case
May 30, 2019 – By Johs Eidelson
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve a discrimination claim filed by a male employee who alleged the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads.
The payout resolves a 2017 complaint brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging bias against Derek Rotondo, who had applied unsuccessfully for the 16-week parental leave benefit available to employees who are the “primary caregiver” of a new kid. JPMorgan doesn’t admit liability in the settlement.
It’s the biggest recorded settlement in a U.S. parental leave discrimination case, according to Rotondo’s attorneys, and the most high-profile warning to companies with policies that are gender-neutral on paper but not in practice.
Dirty deeds: An alleged real estate scam from beyond the grave
May 29, 2019 – By Tanya Eiserer, Mark Smith
DALLAS — Paul Dodson’s great-grandparents died years ago, along with his grandmother.
So, how did their signatures recently appear on warranty deeds handing over the family home to a company operated by a Dallas-area real estate investor?
“I was floored,” Dodson told WFAA. “I really could not believe the home had sold and anything had happened with it. It was devastating news.”
Texas judge orders rare $127,000 sanction against CPS after wrongful removal of children
November 9, 2018 – By Keri Blackinger
It was a hot, Texas summer day and Melissa Bright let her kids — 2-year-old Charlotte and 5-month-old Mason — play in the sprinkler outside their Tomball home.
When she put the baby down on a lawn chair so she could help Charlotte strip off wet clothes, she heard a thud. Mason had fallen the 19 inches from the chair to the cement driveway below.
The tumble launched a months-long legal case with Texas Child Protective Services that began with the removal of the children from the Brights’ home and ended Thursday with a Harris County judge ordering what may be the largest-ever sanctions against the agency.
More Men Filing for Divorce Than Ever Before
October 26, 2017 – By Guy Kelly
After several years of gentle decline, divorce enjoyed a comeback in 2016, new figures have revealed.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the rate of divorce rose by 5.8pc last year, compared to 2015, marking the first increase since 2010. Among the headline details, of the 106,959 divorces filed last year, the average age of divorcees rose to 46 for men and 44 for women, and the average duration of marriages ending in divorce was 12 years.
Perhaps most interestingly, though, is the fact that the number of men asking for divorces has increased once again, up to 39% (41,669) of all splits. It is a continuation of a steady rise since the early 1990s, when the proportion was just 27%.
But why might that be?