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NYC's pregnant EMTs have to show up for work or lose personal time off during coronavirus crisis

Added 03-30-20 12:13:03pm EST - “Riding out the pandemic at home is not an option for pregnant EMS workers, unless the women want to burn through all of their sick leave, vacation and comp days ?" precious time most EMS moms-to-be stockpile as additional maternity…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC’s pregnant EMTs have to show up for work or lose personal time off during coronavirus crisis”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Pregnant city workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are still showing up for work — but in many cases it’s because they have no other option, the Daily News has learned.

In the Fire Department’s EMS bureau — where women are roughly 50% of the 4,500 workforce — there are 23 pregnant front line workers. Two of them have already tested positive for COVID-19, sources told The News.

Yet riding out the pandemic at home is not an option, unless the women want to burn through all of their sick leave, vacation and comp days — precious time most EMS moms-to-be stockpile as additional maternity leave for when they give birth.

“I am due at the end of the summer. I have been banking all my time for when the baby comes, and I don’t want to use it all now,” said one FDNY paramedic who found out a few months ago she is pregnant with her second child.

“I’m scared to death I will catch coronavirus, but I have no other choice. The other option is to go out on family leave at 60% pay, and I can’t survive on that,” she said. “The way I see it, right now the FDNY is paying me to sit around and do nothing at a station house. Couldn’t they play it safe and have me sit at home?”

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