Turns out the way my company figures out maternity leave, they “gave” it to me (gee, thanks – you mean you didn’t want me to deliver in my cubicle?) by taking away all my future earned vacation time, which means that returning to work I would have only FIVE days for the rest of the year to cover illness. With two kids.
Not to mention that if I wanted to take FMLA I would go unpaid and still owe them for my medical insurance during that time.
What a crock of crap.
My neighbor across the street told me she had to return to work three weeks after having her daughter, and I’ve heard of worse.
Do employers not realize that treating people like this sucks?
What am I doing about it? Nothing. I subscribe to Moms Rising, an activist organization for these kinds of issues, but I never read it. I get angry about these kinds of things, but then I get bored with the actual issue. Isn’t that awful? I am just not the activist type of person.
I guess when faced with Issues, people fall into categories:
1) activist leaders
2) activist followers
4) quiet supporters who read/watch the events from afar on comfy couch
5) people who roll their eyes
6) people who look away and go back to reading/playing nintendo
7) people who are #4 but wish they were # 1 or 2 but really don’t want to be just wish they were cuz they think they’d be better people if they were.
I am SO #7.