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    I work as a server in a privately owned restaurant in Long Beach, California. I work 4 shifts a week. There are no benefits, no vacation hours. I live off of the tips I make and the small hourly rate I am paid.

    Today I attempted to call in sick to work. I am truly sick and am not in a condition to work, or to be handling people's food. The restaurant's policy is that we call other servers to cover our shift if we are not able to come in. I am not sick often, and have always covered my shifts on the rare occasions when I was. I made my calls, and no one was available to cover for me. When I called in to work to tell them I was sick I was told that I MUST come in. I was not allowed to call out sick and that if I didn't come in I could lose my job. According to the manager I spoke with, the shift is my responsibility and if I can't get it covered then it is my problem. Is this legal? Can I be threatened with termination for being sick?

    I sincerely appreciate any feedback, advice, or information.

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    Terminated for Being Ill

    You can unless the reason for your illness is a serious medical condition of which your employee knew or should have known that you have.
    Lillian Connell

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