Companies Without Paid Sick Leave Are Making the Pandemic Worse

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, people of color, women, and low-wage workers are disproportionately impacted. And all too often, they’re left with no choice: without paid sick leave, they have to show up to work even while sick. Haeggquist & Eck employment attorney Jenna Rangel sat down with The Atlantic to talk about how employers are making the pandemic worse for low-wage workers.

“Employers have gotten smart, and they don’t say, ‘I’m firing you because you’re asking for too many accommodations,’” says Jenna M. Rangel, a plaintiff’s employment lawyer in California. Instead, employees might start to be treated unfairly relative to others, or their previously stellar performance might suddenly be deemed lackluster.

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