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Jose’s story

Jose

Jose is a father of three, and a worker in a fast-food restaurant. Being the sole provider, he cannot afford to lose wages by taking a sick day. He states, “I do not like to take time off if I am sick because then I don’t have enough hours to pay the rent or pay my bills.”  Jose’s only option is to go to work, which makes him rely on friends and family to help care for his kids when they are ill. | Read more


Christy’s story

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Christy works as a nurse in a Tacoma hospital, where she has the benefit of paid sick days. One of the biggest issues she faced before she was a nurse was trying to juggle work, school, and take care of her three children. As a single mother, she struggled with the choice of going to work or staying home to care for her sick children. | Read more

 


Alma’s story

AlmaAlma is a mom of three and caretaker for her mother, and supports her family by waitressing in a small Tacoma-area restaurant. One of Alma’s biggest concerns is that she or a family member will get sick. She has no paid days off, and her employer has warned the staff that if they miss work due to health issues, they will be fired. | Read more


Sharon’s story

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As the eldest of two children and a registered nurse, Sharon took on many added responsibilities when her father began his battle with cancer in 2007. She never expected her employer of 19 years, a Tacoma-area hospital, to be anything less than supportive – until she started taking time off. | Read more


Maria’s story

maidMaria was forced to make the difficult choice between work and family when, in 2005, her oldest son sustained a serious sports-related injury and needed surgery on his leg. While he recovered, Maria’s employer allowed her to take three weeks unpaid time off to care for him. “For the first week of his injury, he couldn’t walk. I had to do everything by hand for him and prepare food for him. My husband gave him showers.” | Read more


Megan’s story

Megan Sacks, a restaurant worker

Megan, a server at a Tacoma restaurant, called in sick with the flu one evening in 2007. Her supervisor told her the restaurant was busy that night, and she needed to come in anyway. “It was pretty much ‘you don’t call in sick unless you’re on your deathbed,’” said Megan. | Read more

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