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    The state of Florida has no employer paid short term disability. I bought my own short term disability policy when I was pregnant to cover my maternity leave. I work for a small office, less than 15 employees. My employer did not pay me anything for my time out of the office.

    My office manager, also the daughter of the owner, recently went on maternity leave. She has been receiving her regular salaried paychecks from the office during her leave. She is not working during this time, or working very minimum hours, running to the bank, etc.

    My question is this, since my employer is paying his daughter her full paycheck while she is out on maternity leave (it is not going against vacation time), does he then not owe me for my maternity leave even though I had my own private short term disability policy? I am an hourly worker.

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    All employees do not have to be treated the same as long as you are not
    discriminated against JUST due to a reason prohibited by law (ie age, religion,
    gender...) or unless you have a binding employment contract to the contrary.

    The owner can pay his daughter if he wishes.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

    Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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    • #3
      Agree with Betty. If the owner wants to pay his daughter while she is on maternity leave, that is his right and does not obligate him under the law to pay other employees who are not related to him. "Not being related to the boss" is not a protected characteristic and thus "discrimination" on that basis is legal.

      The same would be true in all 45 states that do not have mandated disability.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      • #4
        You were smart to buy your own disability policy.
        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies. I was not looking to get anything additional from my employer. I bought my own short term policy knowing that Florida does not mandate short term. I needed to make sure I was covered. Just wanted to be sure I was not missing something.

          Thanks again.

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          • #6
            As long as your purchased the policy before you came pregnant.
            I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.

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            • #7
              OP, re Patty's post above, you did say in your first post you bought your own disability policy when you were pregnant. Is that true?
              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

              Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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              • #8
                Sorry, my original post was misleading. Please let me clarify. I had my short term disability policy for years. I bought the original policy in 2005 before I got pregnant with my son. After I had my son, I knew I would be having another child at some point, so I kept the policy active. I only discontinued it after having my daughter in 2009.

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                • #9
                  It seems after you discontinued it in 2009, you bought another policy in case
                  you got pregnant again & before you got pregnant this time? I think that
                  might be what you're saying but I'm not sure. You might be saying you discontinued
                  the policy in 2009 & have no current policy.

                  If you have a current policy that you bought before you were pregnant this
                  time, then you "should be" covered. If you have no policy, of course, you have
                  no coverage. After rereading your posts, I think you might not have a policy. Your
                  employer does not have to pay you though & the owner can still pay his daughter.
                  Last edited by Betty3; 01-05-2011, 08:18 AM.
                  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                  Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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