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Crystal Phillips, Kentucky

Crystal Phillips, a youth counselor in Kentucky, reached out to ABB while suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. She was denied emergency paid sick leave and told instead to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Without access to emergency paid sick leave, Crystal would have exhausted all of her unpaid FMLA time before the end of her doctor-recommended quarantine period, after which she could have been terminated from her job. After talking with ABB’s helpline, she was able to receive emergency paid sick leave and correct her FMLA leave entitlement, giving her more time to care for her health. “I believe that everyone who’s working should be provided with this paid sick time, because it’s so hard dealing with being sick if you’re in the hospital or being quarantined – worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills, or just your livelihood basically…I hope that my story helps someone,” said Crystal in a webinar about the need for a federal paid sick time law.

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