Well, I know this isn’t exactly an easy question to answer, but I think it goes along with the general philosophy of being a worker and a consumer. Being a worker means that people have to be able to afford the products and services you use. Therefore, if you are sick, you are probably going to be paid to work. This is just a fact, and, if you know what you are talking about, it’s a good one.
In America, the idea that you have to work for your health and well-being is the norm. But when you work in the corporate world, there is a legal loophole that you do not have to worry about at all. The law states that if you are found to be in violation of the terms of your employment, then you can sue your employer for damages. This is known as being sick.
The sick clause is pretty big. Employer liability is now the norm, and that means if your employer asks you to work while you are sick, you are legally obligated to do so. However, if you feel that you are “unable to work due to medical reasons,” then you can choose not to work until you are able to do so. Of course, this is the kind of legal loophole you don’t want to mess with.
The sick clause has grown in popularity amongst employers. Some employers have even gone so far as to allow sick leave to be accrued against your paycheck. Others have made it possible for employees to get paid sick pay in addition to their regular salary. I guess it’s a way to cut your paycheck in half without the hassle of having to go to the doctor, but it’s also a way for employers to squeeze a little more money out of their employees.
The sick clause has a variety of meanings. In a few states there are sick pay laws in place allowing you to be compensated for your sick days. In some others, sick pay is only allowed if the employee is out of work for more than a certain amount of time. One thing that is not covered by any sick pay laws is the possibility of a company terminating an employee for a reason other than getting caught with a contagious illness.
No, you can’t. An employee can be fired for any reason, but not for being sick. There are of course some exceptions to this, but in general, employees cannot be fired for being sick.
Not surprisingly, the courts have decided there is no right to a sick day from a company. However, the courts have not ruled on the question of what other reasons an employee might be fired for being sick. I think the best you can do is to fight for your job and say “no illness, no pay.
As a long-time fan of the Deadspin website, I was disappointed by the decision to let the sick leave of a coworker go. However, I don’t think it is the right way to do business in a lot of ways. I can’t fault an employer for firing someone for being sick, especially when they make a concerted effort to hide it.
I know it sounds like a contradiction, but it is also common practice. In the past 12 years, the United States has had more lawsuits than the rest of the developed world combined. This is not good for a business that is trying to attract new customers or continue to get the best return on investment.
As a recovering smoker, I can tell you from firsthand experience that there is nothing like being sick to make a person miserable. I have to admit it is a little extreme, but I can say it is the worst feeling I have ever experienced. It is the feeling of being completely sick and that your body is shutting down and trying to protect itself. It is not the feeling of being sick and you are able to function normally again.