Our Washington Post local op-ed: DC meals shouldn’t come with a side of the flu

By | 2018-01-14T15:22:11+00:00 February 11th, 2013|2 Comments

Celeste and I have an op-ed in the Washington Post’s local opinion section about DC’s paid sick leave law, which contains an exception that’s especially problematic during flu season: it doesn’t cover tipped restaurant workers. Read “Your meal shouldn’t come with a side of the flu” at the Washington Post’s site.

And if you want to eat at restaurants where workers have paid sick days (and other benefits many of us take for granted), check out the Restaurant Opportunities Center’s 2013 Dining Guide, or download the accompanying iPhone or Android app for your city.

About the Author:

Liz Borkowski
Liz Borkowski, MPH is the managing editor of the journal Women's Health Issues and a researcher at the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Her blog posts are her own and do not necessarily represent the views of her employer.


  1. Johanna February 12, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Wonderful op-ed; congratulations! Is there any chance you guys will be attending the “Selling Sickness: People before Profit” conference next week in DC? I would love to get an account of it from some worker health advocates and single-payer supporters.

  2. JustaTech February 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    In response to the law recently passed in Seattle that employers must allow workers to earn sick leave, one cafe owner posted a sign at the registers that he was charging an extra 1.5% to pay for the sick leave. He stated to local press that he’d never needed sick leave before, and he didn’t want his staff taking it now. I was stunned that this guy thinks so little of both his workers and his customers that he would want sick people to come in and sneeze (or whatever) all over people’s coffee and sandwiches.

    If I get sick, even if I don’t know where, I don’t go our to buy coffee or lunch until I’m better. How are few customers a good thing?

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