MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday against a state Transportation Agency employee who argued she should have accrued paid vacation and sick time during her 2007 maternity leave.

Ursula Stanley won the support of the state Human Rights Commission and the Vermont State Employees Association, the union representing state workers. But she lost at both the trial court level and now before the state's highest court.

Stanley's lawyer and the Human Rights Commission argued that the Vermont Parental and Family Leave Act requires that an "employer shall continue employment benefits for the duration of (an employee's) leave."

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