this legislation was championed by Davis,
much of the lobbying was performed by
grass roots volunteers such as Eileen
Overe, a restaurant worker from Berkley.
Overe stated that she became involved
in this cause last year after her six
year old tabby, named Oscar, fell from
a second story balcony. The day
after the accident Oscar was limping
badly and craving attention. Overe
stated that, “I wanted to stay
home and to comfort him. I called
my boss and explained to him that my
pussy was sore all over, and I needed
a week or two off to care for it.”
She was told to report to work or risk
being fired. Overe’s employer,
Osama’s Rib Shack., so far, has
refused to comment on this incident.
In the original draft, this legislation
had included a provision for the care
of house plants as well. This
was eliminated after stiff resistance
from pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer.
Now that he is out of public office,
Biff Davis vows to continue his fight
for workers to receive paid FMLA rights
for house plants. He has also
stated publicly that he would like to
eventually see spores, molds, and fungi
covered as well.
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