Nearly half of all workers in California don't get a single paid sick day from their employers. Additionally, this state of affairs is far worse for some classes of employees than others.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research found that, among the overall 44 percent of California adult workers who don't get a paid sick day, 81 percent of those working in business with "frequent contact with the public" such as food service don't get PTO when they are ill.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.