Fashion Designer for Ivanka Trump's Line Says Team Doesn't Get Paid Maternity Leave
The claim seems to contradict the designer's speech that her father would support working mothers.
On the last day of the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump argued during her speech that her father, presidential nominee Donald Trump, would support working mothers.
"As president, my father would change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce," Ivanka, clad in one of her own designs, said. "He will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all."
She continued: "Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties. They should be the norm."
But was Donald's oldest daughter getting ahead of herself when she addressed the crowd in Ohio?
The Washington Post reports that an anonymous fashion designer for the G-III Apparel Group (which licenses the Ivanka Trump line) claims that the company allows only 12 weeks of unpaid leave (a legal minimum under the The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 for businesses with at least 50 workers).
"It’s hard enough emotionally to come back to work right after having a baby," the designer told the Post. "But to know you’re returning to a company that doesn’t value your choice to be a mother makes it harder."
In March, Ivanka told Business Insider that her company offers eight weeks of paid time off for new mothers, adding, "I think parental leave is enormously important — and it's a personal decision. Part of building a company whose goal is to empower women in all aspects of life is that I've given my team some leeway to determine what parental leave looks like for each of them individually."
The Ivanka Trump brand touts itself as "the ultimate destination for Women Who Work," with the accompanying hashtag #WomenWhoWork. She's even releasing a new book — titled Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success — that centers around that motto.
G-III did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.