Story Bank

Josh – Paid Leave and Bonding

I’m the father of two kids, a 5 month old (Abby) and an almost five year old (Bela).  When Abby was born, I was incredibly blessed to receive two months paid time off from Meetup, where I work as a

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Jessica – Facing Financial Problems Because of Illness

In August 2013, I found a lump in my breast. It came out of nowhere. I have no family history of breast cancer, I don’t have the BRCA gene. But, at age 29, I had an eight month old baby

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Sally’s Story – A Newborn in NICU

I was 30 years old when I became a single mother. For the past few years I have worked as a social worker and administrator for a women’s health center that provides both abortion and birth center services. I felt

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Fernan’s Story – Putting the family back into FMLA

My wife was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. As a human resource professional I have signed off on countless requests for family medical leave. Now I find myself submitting a request. I flashback to my wedding day twenty years

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Stephanie’s Story – a traumatic childbirth without paid leave

My husband and I were eagerly awaiting the birth of our fourth son. We both had full time jobs, but were prepared for me to take advantage of the maternity leave available through TDI and handle the reduced income that

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Inneshia’s Story – caring for a newborn baby or making rent

Three years ago I delivered a full term bouncing baby boy. He weighed seven pounds and three ounces and everything was fine, with one exception: I had to choose between taking care of my newborn baby and going back to

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Dorcas’ Story – a home health aide and her dying mother

Last year my mother became ill. She lived out of town so I had to use my vacation time to go and care for her. After two weeks, I had to return to work because I had exhausted my accrued

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Tess’s Story – balancing a C-section, displacement and TDI

I work part time. After the birth of my first child, I received $170 a week from the New York State Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI). Although the amount was laughable, every little bit helped. In order to take a

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Blue’s Story

“Later, my partner spent many difficult and painful hours alone recovering from surgery. I wanted to be there, but I no longer had any paid time available.”

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Lin’s Story

Early in 2012 my family and I were happy and excited to welcome a new grandbaby, but three weeks after delivery, my daughter was back in the hospital with MRSA.  She proudly serves in the US Air Force and with

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