Starbucks: have pets be included as family members for paid sick time

Starbucks: have pets be included as family members for paid sick time

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Cassie Cielo started this petition to Starbucks

Thank you Starbucks for giving us the benefit of sick hours but honestly...

If people are allowed to use their sick hours for taking care of their children, parents, grandparents, etc., why can't that include pets? The societal pressure put on people to have children is a burden on its own, not to mention the lack of benefits people without children get. People who have children get benefits such as reimbursement on fertility treatments, adoption fees, and likely more that I am not aware of. 

If my pet is sick or is having surgery and I have no choice but to stay home, I am either forced to use vacation time or go a day or more without pay. But if my child was sick, I am 100% able to use my sick time to care for them. According to corporate, this is fair, but I beg to differ. My pet, as it's also true with many others, is included as a family member to me. But to Starbucks, they are not.

I'm not asking for help with adoption fees, vet bills, or pet insurance. I am asking for the availability to use sick time to care for another life and to realize that the value of a pet can be equal to the life of another human being. 

Thank you. 

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