In the United States, employers are not required by law to provide workers with paid sick days. As a result nearly 40 percent of the U.S. labor force have to choose between being paid at work or taking an unpaid day off if they or a family member are sick and require attention.
Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Hispanic workers are less likely to have access to leave (43 percent) than are non-Hispanic workers (61 percent).”
This is particularly troubling for the U.S. immigrant population, who often work jobs — such as caregivers or farmworkers — where there is a risk of spreading the illness widely if they do go to work sick.
via The Huffington Post | Full News Feed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/lack-paid-leave-immigrants_n_1873763.html