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Some Kids Hide Sickness So Mom Doesn’t Lose Job

A new essay by Ellen Bravo, former director of 9to5, in The Nation [1] says that in situations where mothers would be penalized for taking time off from work to care for a sick child, some children who are aware of the situation hide their illness so Mom won’t get into trouble. Bravo quoted an 18-year-old -- whose mother had no paid sick days and lost her job because of her daughter’s illnesses – as saying, "After my mother was fired, I always tried to go to school no matter how I felt. I didn’t want her to be fired again." Bravo and 9to5 [2], an advocacy group for working women, are lobbying lawmakers to pass the Healthy Families Act [3] which would mandate paid sick days for employees. (June 2007)

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