No paid leave for maker of Ivanka Trump’s products, in spite of RNC speech
What Ivanka Trump said at the Republican convention and what she practices are two different things.
A fashion designer for the G-III Apparel Group told the Washington Post in a piece published Monday that she received 12 weeks of unpaid leave when she became pregnant in 2015.
“It’s hard enough emotionally to come back to work right after having a baby,” the unnamed designer, who said she is a registered Republican and worked for G-III for four years, told the newspaper. “But to know you’re returning to a company that doesn’t value your choice to be a mother makes it harder.”
Five other past and current employees of G-III confirmed to the Post that the company offers 12 weeks of unpaid leave after one year of employment—the legal minimum for companies with over 50 workers.
G-III did not respond to the Post’s requests for comment. A spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand, her 12-employee company, told the newspaper that new mothers at that business receive eight weeks of paid leave.
G-III received the rights to design and distribute Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, including her dresses, suits and jeans, in 2012. She remains highly involved in the day-to-day production of the attire produced under her name.