It looks like Netflix’s new and improved maternity leave policy was too good to be true. The entertainment network made headlines earlier this month when they announced they’d be providing employees with unlimited maternity and paternity leave during the first year of a new child’s life. Unfortunately, this only applies to their web-based employees.

Netflix employees who work in their DVD-by-mail division have been excluded from their updated parental leave policy, reports AP. Online petitions have popped up in response, asking the company to extend the benefit to their DVD workers, which include about 450 full-time, part-time and temporary employees.

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“We provide all of our employees with comparable or better pay and benefits than at other companies,” a Netflix spokeswoman said in a statement, according to Marketwatch. “For example, medical and life insurance for DVD workers exceeds market standards. All DVD employees including hourly also are eligible for a minimum of 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leave.”

There are three different groups urging Netflix to make a change, including women’s rights organization UltraViolet, workers’ rights group Coworker.org and Democracy for America. “A worker’s ability to care for their family should not be dependent on what department they work in,” said Mia Moore, Democracy for America’s chief of staff.


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