Women More Likely to be in Low-Wage Jobs

Women are disproportionately affected by lack of paid sick leave because they are more likely than men to work part-time and to be in low-wage jobs.

The current lack of paid sick leave disproportionately affects women, who are more likely than men to work part-time, and therefore are not likely to be eligible for FMLA leave. Even with FMLA protections, however, many low-wage, part-time employees cannot afford to take unpaid leave. Low-income parents are the least likely to take unpaid leave and also the most likely to have children at risk of serious health problems. Furthermore, parents whose children have chronic health problems are less likely to have paid leave than parents with healthy children.


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