March 28, 2012
By now, it’s hardly a secret that restaurant employees go to work when they’re sick. But yesterday, a small group of protesters stood outside the Capital Grille in midtown in hopes of getting paid sick leave at the restaurant. The steakhouse chain is owned by Darden, which also owns megachains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden (we hear the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is quite good). Anyway, as Crain’s points out, 75 percent of restaurant workers don’t get paid sick leave, and the company doesn’t seem too concerned about the protesters.