A new analysis released today by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Latino Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days, shows that Latino workers and their families suffer when they lack basic workplace protections like paid sick time. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the United States’ workforce, yet nearly 12 million Latino workers – 60 percent of the Latino workforce – don’t have a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses.
“Every day, hardworking Latinos across the country are being forced to choose between their health and their ability to provide for their families because they lack paid sick days,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “This analysis shows the very real impact of this problem. By enacting common sense policies that guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days, lawmakers and employers could help to alleviate the strain on millions of Latino families while protecting their health and the health of our communities.”
According to the new fact sheet, Latino workers participate in the labor force at a higher rate than any racial or ethnic group, but they are more likely to work in occupations in which workers do not have paid sick days – food preparation and serving, construction and personal care. This is particularly dangerous because workers in these occupations have frequent contact with the public. The consequences of failure to provide paid sick time for these workers – to the health of the workers themselves and the public – are clear. For those who are paid low wages, these consequences can be even more severe.
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