A former head of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, accusing it of violating the Family Medical Leave Act in connection with its maternity leave policy.
Saxon Knight held a managerial role at Deloitte before taking maternity leave in 2019, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in New York Saxon Knight v. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd; and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
The lawsuit states that after taking 16 weeks of maternity leave, which the company allows, she could not return to her previous position, as promised.
After "dozens of conversations", she eventually found a position "disproportionate" to her skills and experience, according to the complaint.
Ms. Knight quit less than a month after complaining about her situation to a specialist for employee relations, according to the complaint, she was told that her dismissal was "related to COVID" and not performance-related.
The complaint accuses the company of disruption and retaliation in violation of the FMLA and state law. for comment.
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