Story Bank

Leah’s Story

January 2014, my son, Lawrence Taylor Pimentel (LTP), suffered from a red zone asthma attack, and would have died if I wasn’t able to use my paid sick days. Many nights, Lawrence’s screams could be heard in the once-silent Kaiser

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Mary’s Story

I am the Statewide organizer of Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families.   In 2009 I had my first son, Noah.  That was the first time I took

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Lin’s Story

Early in 2012 my family and I were happy and excited to welcome a new grandbaby, but three weeks after delivery, my daughter was back in the hospital with MRSA.  She proudly serves in the US Air Force and with

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Blue’s Story

In the spring of 2006, I received two phone calls while away from home at a conference. The first call informed me that my mother of 92 years would require a second amputation. The second call informed me that my

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Art’s story

“I keep showing them my hospital papers so they’ll know I’m sick…I’m in danger of being evicted and losing my apartment. Now I’m seeing a therapist because I’m stressed and depressed because I don’t know how I’m going to get my rent paid or my bills paid.”

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Carlos’ Story

“I did not want to lose my job, so I had to work while sick and put the public and my co-workers at risk. Days later, a colleague of mine did get the flu from me and I worry who else was infected from working while sick.”

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Tammy’s Story

“The financial strain of my leave was substantial but unfortunately its coverage wasn’t. I became very worried about how we would pay for all of our bills and still allow for my son to receive the care from the ones who know his needs best-my husband and I.”

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Alma’s story

“We don’t call in sick. Nobody has ever called in unless they were in the hospital”

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Shelby’s Story – FMLA Is Not Enough

“I had to take FMLA that was not only unpaid, it counted as an employment disciplinary action. Having to take time off unpaid was an enormous financial burden for me. After not paying rent and utilities it took me four months to only partly get caught up with bills.”

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Vanessa’s Story

I have been back to work for seven months, and [have only] accumulated nine hours of [PTO] time . . . if I had not needed to exhaust all my accumulated paid time off for my FMLA, I would be able to take a couple of days for an emergency or even a day or two of vacation. As it stands I have no way of taking any time off with pay due to my past illness.

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