The Supreme Court hears testimony today in "the most high-stakes challenge to pregnancy discrimination law in a generation," according to Time magazine.
At issue is the case of former UPS employee Peggy Young, who was put on unpaid leave and subsequently lost her job after the company denied her request to not lift heavy packages during her pregnancy eight years ago. Her story raises the question of why we are so far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to providing paid maternity leave for pregnant women.
The UK guarantees an entire year of paid leave - 52 weeks. Australia gives 18 weeks, and Mexico offers 12 weeks, during which mothers are reimbursed fully 100% of their normal pay. Yet here in the United States? Nothing. Not even a single day of paid maternity leave.
Our children are our future, and we can do better!
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