Conservative States Have Some Of The Least Family-Friendly Policies

The U.S. only has three national laws that address pregnancy discrimination, family and medical leave, and the rights of nursing mothers at work, and there still are gaps that leave millions of working parents without job-protected leave when they have a new baby. Some states offer additional protection, according to a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), but some of the most conservative states where politicians tout “traditional family values” have the worst policies to help families and new parents. In its analysis, the NPWF grades each state on its “laws that relate to workplace rights and protections for new parents.” Only two — California and Connecticut — received an A-, and 18 mostly Republican-dominated states, including Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma, were given Fs for “failing to provide a single benefit or program to help support families before and after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.” Check out the NPWF’s map of the states’ grades (click to expand):