Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Worker Fired for Being Sick

A worker was recently fired for being sick. Consider the plight of Lupe who lives in San Jose and is a single low-income mother. Lupe worked for a major company in Silicon Valley part-time five days a week on a regular schedule. She loaded up trucks with packages and other mail in the early hours of the morning.

Lupe didn't have paid sick days at her job. When she got sick and had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery, she missed work for a week. Despite the fact that her mother notified Lupe's employer about her illness, her employer fired her. Lupe is now looking for a new job.

Workers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Sick days should be a right and not a privilege. Sign the petition for paid sick days for California workers.

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