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Why don’t I have paid sick days

Q:  I missed two days of work last week because I had the flu. I work at a fast food chain restaurant and my boss told me I am being written up for calling in sick. Can he do that?

A: Unfortunately there is no federal law requiring employers to provide sick days. Unless your state or city has a paid sick days law or your employer has a company policy providing sick days, then there is no protection from being disciplined for being out sick.

Organizations and individuals across the country are now organizing for paid sick day legislation. You can check out this website to see if there are sick day laws in your area, or if there is a campaign to win them.