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Mom Says Ivanka Trump's Company Didn't Offer Her Paid Maternity Leave


Parental leave has become a hot button issue during this year's presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and rightfully so. Both candidates have recognized that offering parents the opportunity to have time off with their babies is a crucial step in child development, and both candidates have included a proposed new parental leave plan in their platforms. Republican candidate Donald Trump has outlined a plan to offer mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave, yet one mother who worked for daughter Ivanka Trump is claiming she was not offered maternity leave.

Marissa Veldez Kraxberger worked as the chief marketing and creative officer in 2015 and before that served as creative director for Ivanka Trump from 2013 to 2015, according to her Linkedin profile. Her job description read:

While Kraxberger was obviously in a high-level, executive position at the company, she maintains that she had to fight to get any maternity leave.

Kraxberger wrote in a Facebook post on Monday:

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 05: Secondary school teacher Sarah Ward at home on maternity leave with her three month old daughter Esme Kelliher, is in the last week of her paid parental leave allowance ahead of the New Zealand Federal Budget release, on May 5, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand's Minister of Finance Bill English has announced that Budget 2015 will be presented on May 21, 2015. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

A brand spokesperson for Ivanka Trump offered this statement to Romper in response to Kraxberger's claim:

Kraxberger, who now works as Vice President of Creative for Rag & Bone, went on to say that she doesn't think of Ivanka Trump as a "bad person":

The federal government offers mothers 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave at this point. Hillary Clinton wants to offer all parents 12 weeks of paid parental leave. Donald Trump wants to offer mothers six weeks of paid leave.