By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Workers without paid sick leave are often penalized for absences. Congress plans to consider legislation next week that would guarantee workers paid sick time.
Glynndana Shevlin awoke Oct. 30 with a runny nose and scratchy throat, worried she might have the flu. But the full-time food and beverage concierge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim has no paid sick days, and if her absences stack up, she faces discipline.
So like many others in the service industry, Shevlin, 49, weighed her options and reported to work sick.
"I thought I could make it," said Shevlin, who has worked at the hotel for 21 years.
Four hours into her shift -- and after several trips to the bathroom to retch -- Shevlin asked to leave early. She lost wages and was docked disciplinary points.
"I felt like I was being punished for doing the right thing," she said.