Federal employees are the latest workers to benefit from paid parental leave.

But millions have been left out of the trend, forcing them to make painful choices.

About 80% of U.S. workers in the private sector have no access to paid family leave, and employers must decide for themselves whether to offer the benefit.

Disproportionately, paid leave has gone to higher-paid white collar workers.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just 9% of wage earners in the bottom 25% have access to paid family leave.

That compares to 30% of wage earners in the top 25%.

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