Also, if you’re a server or cashier, FIRST you take a few years of night classes in something that will pay you double or triple what you make now. THEN you get a job in that new field. A white collar or skilled blue collar job that provides for leave. THEN you earn your stripes for a few years. THEN you start a family and take your LOA.
You get 13 free years of education in this country and then highly subsidized community college, and relatively inexpensive trade school. There is not a right to perform a task that you could have performed coming out of the fourth year out of those 13 and be paid enough to raise a family. And the reason that workers cannot have that is dictated by what consumers pay for what they buy. And the consumers and the workers are the same people.