Thursday, March 22, 2012

War on Women: Supreme Court says states can't be sued for denying unpaid sick leave


The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that public employees can not sue a state if they are denied unpaid sick leave. 

The conservative majority said such lawsuits are a violation of states rights. The ruling addressed part of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 that said employees have a right to take a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave for childbirth or a recovery from illness. 

The dissenting opinion was drafted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said the ruling directly impact women who are at risk of losing their jobs due to pregnancy or childbirth. 

That stipulation in the Family and Medical Leave Act is the closest the United States comes to providing maternity leave. 

The US is one of only five countries in the world that fails to provide guaranteed paid sick leave for women giving birth. 

Ninety-eight of the 168 countries that provide some form of maternity sick leave offer more than 14 weeks of paid leave. When it comes to guaranteed sick leave 145 countries guarantee leave for short term illnesses with 127 countries providing more than a week per year.

The GOP war on women continues.

Of course, the US is such an "exceptional country," our women don't really need sick leave for pregnancy now, do they?

Our women should just shake child birth of and return to work like good corporate sheeple.
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Just a conservative girl said...

Did you actually read the decision? It has nothing to do with maternity leave. It has to do with the ability to sue the state if they don't give you time off for being sick yourself. Not if you are taking care of your family. Two different issues.

You also still have a remedy if they deny you the time off. The Labor Department can sue the state for you. This decision only enforces the law as already written and only pertains to state employees.

Rightardia said...

Yes, but we defer to the opinion of one woman on the supreme court, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.

We see the ruling as part of the conservative war on women.