Curb the Spread of the Flu: don’t eat at restaurants that don’t provide paid sick leave

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the US is in the midst of the worst flu season it’s seen in a decade. In Boston, a state of emergency has been declared, where at least 18 people have died because of the flu. The CDC recommends that people with flu-like symptoms stay home and avoid contact with others, except to receive medical care. But as Think Progress reports,

“for a huge number of American workers, that option doesn’t exist due to a lack of paid sick days. 40 percent of private sector workers and a whopping 80 percent of low-income workers do not have a single paid sick day. One in five workers reports losing their job or being threatened with dismissal for wanting to take time off while sick”

So what’s a country to do?

One idea is to avoid restaurants that don’t provide paid sick leave—in the food industry the potential for spreading disease is high, especially with  79% of workers reporting that they are unable able to take a paid sick day.

While this would do little for sick workers this season, it does have the potential to reduce the spread of disease, and perhaps it could act as an incentive for employers to provide better benefits to their workers (although there are other reasons why providing paid sick leave is good for business).

Which restaurants don’t provide paid sick leave to their employees?

Each year the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United publishes a guide on the working conditions in popular America restaurants. In their latest guide, the following restaurants are noted for not providing paid sick leave:

7-Eleven Logan’s Roadhouse
AppleBees Long John Silver’s
BJ’s Restaurants Longhorn Steakhouse
Bob Evan’s Restaurants Luby’s Cafeteria
Bojangle’s Famous Chick ‘N Biscuits Maggiano’s Little Italy
Bonefish Grill McCormick & Schmick’s
Boston Market McDonald’s
Buca Di  Beppo Moe’s Southwest Grill
Buffalo Wild Wings Morton’s, The Steakhouse
California, Pizza Kitchen Noodles & Company
Capital Grille O’Charley’s
Captain D’s Old Chicago
Carino’s Italian On the Border
Carl’s Jr Outback Steakhouse
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Papa Murphy’s
Cheddar’s Causual Café Perkin’s Restaurant Bakery
Chick-Fil-A Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Chili’s Grill Bar Portillo’s Hot Dogs
Church’s Chicken Pot Belly Sandwich Works
Coldstone Creamery Qdoba Mexican Grill
Coner Bakery Café Quizno’s
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Rainforest Café
Dave & Buster’s Rally’s Hamburgers
Denny’s Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Dunkin’ Donuts Ruby Tuesday
Famous Dave’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Firehouse Subs Sbarro Pizza
Five Guys Burgers & Fries Sheetz
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Starbucks
Fuddruckers Steak N Shake
Godfather’s Pizza Subway
Golden Corral T.G.I Fridays
Hardee’s Taco Bell
Houlihan’s The Melting Pot
Huddle House Uno Chicago Grill/Pizzeria
Jason’s Deli Whataburger
Jersey Mike’s Subs Wienerschnitzel
Johnny Rockets Wingstop
Krystal Yard House
Little Ceasers Pizza
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  1. Wow! I honestly thought that some of those employers would have provided sick. Quite shocked by 7-eleven :-0

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