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_Illness has already got Stacey worried. What if the kids catch a virus one day and she can't get the day off? Kathy's mom's diabetes is stable right now, but you never know. And although Heather gets decent PTO at her firm to use however she wants, she used it up last year when both her kids broke limbs the same summer and she had to ask a colleague to fill in for her.
Although some of us might take sick days for granted, there are many workers who can't earn paid sick leave, so some people go to work even when they don't feel well.
Advantages of Paid Sick Leave:
Some places, such as the state of Connecticut, Washington DC, the city of Seattle, and the city of San Francisco, guarantee all employees the right to paid sick leave. These places might be few and far between, but they show progress, and many groups are working to spread paid sick leave further. Giving all employees paid sick leave gives working parents the security to know that they can still take care of themselves and their families, even when illness strikes.
_ "I was once fired for leaving work when I was sick because I didn't find a replacement. I worked in a food establishment and had strep throat! And I tried to find a replacement, but no one would work for me. I worked other jobs where I had to come in with pneumonia or be fired because it was the Christmas season and they "needed" me. Always working shift work meant I had to find someone cover my shift if I had a sick child and some people aren't going to change their schedules just because your kid is sick."
Marisa S., Utah