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  •  I worked for a "progressive" retail company (0+ / 0-)

    that guaranteed its minimum wage and barely above workers ten sick days a year.  But heaven help you if you used five, you were on the list to be harassed and constantly told you were taking too much, and shouldn't take any more.  

    And if you got up to seven days?  Your job was in jeopardy.

    Not just for that year either...

    •  UGH I hear you. (0+ / 0-)

      I worked for a major retailer for a while, and you get a number of freebie days to call off, for sick, or car broke down, or whatever; they're strictly for unplanned stuff.  I think it was five days per year.  Once you used your second one you had to have a "talking to" by your direct supervisor.  After a third day you were written up.  It's like WTF why say we have the days then punish us when we use them?

      "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

      by Silvia Nightshade on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:21:52 AM PST

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      •  I know! Right! (0+ / 0-)

        And they used it as a recruiting tool, like "we give you 10 days a year!!" but forgot to say "better hope you don't get the flu!"

        Very nice name, Silvia Nightshade.

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