Letter to the editor: Get real on benefits

To the editor:

I read with some amazement about the female employee at Facebook who was bitterly complaining that Facebook’s maternity benefits were so desperately inadequate that she was forced to quit her job. (USA Today, Sept. 17).

This woman (she has three children) received specialty parking, a huge subsidy for day care expenses, a “baby cash” bonus of $4,000 and four months (four months!!) of paid maternity leave. I’m all for maternity benefits, but someone claiming that these spectacular benefits are totally unsatisfactory (“This is a problem we can solve!”) takes my breath away. Benefits like these would bankrupt a smaller company.

This person needs to come out into the real world and realize that the privilege of having children comes with a price. The same is true for every major lifestyle decision. The business world is simply not organized (nor should it be, nor can it be) for her personal benefit.

Richard L. Warrick,



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