In a Facebook post, a former Chief Marketing Officer at Ivanka Trump’s clothing company broke her silence on her tenure there to state that employees at the company had to fight with the now-GOP’s presidential nominee ‘s daughter for minimal pregnancy leave.
Weeks ago the Trump campaign used the candidate’s daughter to help unveil a family leave policy in an attempt to woo females voters who have stayed away from the GOP nominee in droves. The Trump campaign went so far as to state that Ivanka Trump — a mother of three — helped develop the proposed policy.
However, according to former exec Marissa Velez Kraxberger, leave for pregnant employees at Ivanka Trump’s clothing company had to fight for time off.
On Facebook, Velez Kraxberger wrote, “I have tried to abstain from writing anything amidst this terrifying political brawl that relates to my past employer, but when I recently saw a commercial with Ivanka and her father and their “maternity leave” policy I felt like I was going to be ill.”
“When I first interviewed with Ivanka I was 2 months pregnant, she called to offer me a job, which I was at the time very excited about,” she continued. “And when I asked about maternity leave she said she would have to think about it, that at Trump they don’t offer maternity leave and that she went back to work just a week after having her first child. I somehow was dumb enough to accept the job after agreeing upon having the discussion further down the road about how we would handle the time after my baby was born.”
Ironically, according to Velez Kraxberger, she was part of the team that helped create #WomenWhoWork for Trump.
“The company and the #WomenWhoWork platform we created was meant to inspire and encourage women to work at all aspects of their lives and live the lives they wanted to live, but before our eyes she took the platform and made it all about herself… and now it’s being dragged along side of this man who could potentially be the face of our country,” she wrote. “A man who puts down women and makes lewd comments, a man who is an outspoken racist, a man with no real vision for our future just scare tactics and threats. I’m not only saddened by the state of our nation, but mostly by the fact that our kids foundational years in school, where they learn about our nation’s history, could be under the leadership of this man.”
UPDATE: A “brand spokesperson” named Katie Case from Hiltzik Strategies — the PR firm representing Ivanka Trump, Inc. — contacted Raw Story asking that we print a statement responding to this story. It is printed in full below:
The team at Ivanka Trump is saddened by this mischaracterization of how our company developed its industry leading culture and benefits package. In addition to paid leave, we also offer all employees flexible work schedules and unlimited vacation and sick days.
As a company for women, run by women, we spent a considerable amount of time in the early days of building our business developing a unique corporate culture and engaged in meaningful dialogue about the benefits that would be most impactful to the people working at Ivanka Trump.
While we respect differing political views from employees, past and present, we are steadfast in our belief that we have built a culture and a brand to be proud of and are deeply committed to supporting and empowering women.