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I should start off by letting you know that there is no legal right to paid maternity leave. Employers that are subject to FMLA are required to give maternity leave (but not paid). Some employers do it as a courtesy. Ohio, like many other states, is an "at will" state which means that an employer can let go for no reason and an employee can quite for no reason (or any reason that does not violate fed/state laws). If you don't like the terms of the employment (i.e. obtaining your own training) I would suggest finding other employment. Unfortunately, you wouldn't have a grounds to sue unless they are violating some constitutionally protected right. Sorry.
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You should be paid for mandatory meetings. As the first poster stated, maternity leave is generally unpaid. They can also require you obtain training on your own in many cases. As for the mandatory company meetings, however, I can think of no good reason why an employer should not pay you.
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