Paid Sick Leave Impacts Women, Women of Color, LGBTQ Families & Domestic Violence Survivors — And Why We Must Pass It Now
When I worked at Harvard, I had phenomenal benefits, including paid sick leave. Outstanding. Stupendous. But when I stopped and thought about it, I realized it was the only job I ever held that did offer paid sick time. Having worked in retail and for small banks, sure I could take time off if I needed, although trust and believe, it was massively frowned upon and discouraged. But I wouldn’t get paid for it.
Years ago, when my abusive ex cracked my ribs after punching me, I still had to go to work. Now there’s not much that you can do for cracked ribs other than let them heal in their own time. It would have been nice to have taken time off to rest and heal. But I didn’t have that luxury. I had to go into work injured.
At one of my first jobs, I had another ex who stalked and threatened me at my job. If I had paid leave, I could have taken time off to file a restraining order.
Since I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck most of my life, I couldn’t afford to take time off and forgo my paycheck.
It’s time we must pass legislation ensuring paid sick leave.
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