A government agency is suing The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., alleging the beauty company doesn't provide the same paid leave for new fathers as it does for new mothers.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Lauder, saying that the business provides new mothers time off to recover from childbirth, as well as six weeks of paid leave for child bonding, while new fathers whose partners have given birth are offered two weeks of paid leave for child bonding. Lauder declined to comment, citing pending litigation.Additionally, the suit alleges that new mothers are provided with flexible return-to-work benefits that "are not similarly provided to new fathers," the EOCC said in a statement. The organization said the suit came about after a male employee, Christopher Sullivan, working as a stock person in a Lauder store in Maryland, requested and was denied six weeks of paternal leave after his child was born.The EOCC said the situation violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The agency seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages for class members. The EOCC also said that through Lauder policies put in place in 2013, the company has "consistently and systematically provided inferior parental leave benefits" and that biological fathers were not "entitled to the transition back-to-work benefit.""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 EEOC Washington field office acting director Mindy Weinstein. "Addressing sex-based discrimination, including in benefits such as paid leave, is a priority issue for the commission," said Philadelphia district office regional attorney Debra M. Lawrence.The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion