The Line Cook And You And The Flu

Sarumathi Jayaraman, co-founder of food worker advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), talks to Mother Jones about the lack of sick leave for service workers: “An employer in New York actually openly told us that it’s kind of a joke in our industry that our industry is single-handedly responsible for perpetuating the flu in the winter season because everyone knows restaurant workers work when they’re sick … Everybody knows it, and it just happens. It’s just tragic.”


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