Friday, September 05, 2008

Massachusetts Re-Evaluates a Silly, Sexist Policy

Via WSJ's Juggle comes word that Massachusetts is looking at how it enforces a law that guarantees new moms 8 weeks of unpaid maternity leave (yes, FMLA offers more leave, but you have to be working someplace with more than 50 workers). Amazingly, the law is gender-specific: only women get the protection of this law.

Now, the state is apparently considering investigating complaints from men under the law. This is, of course, good news, but it amazes me that a legislature -- particularly one in as progressive a state as Massachusetts -- would have this kind of mom-only law in the first place. Trust me, a lot of us need the time ...


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