National Partnership for Women & Families

Serving While Sick: New Report to Examine How Inadequate Benefits Affect Health Of America's Food Service Workers

Release Thursday at Congressional Briefing Focused on Paid Sick Days
Washington, D.C. — September 29, 2010 —
What happens when food service workers who do not have paid sick days fall ill? Do they stay at home and risk losing their jobs, or do they go to work and risk exposing others to contagion? How does this affect restaurant patrons and consumers, and the nation’s health in general?

The National Partnership for Women & Families and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) will host a congressional briefing to discuss the health and safety of our nation’s food service workers and the need for paid sick days on:

Thursday, September 30 at 10:00 — 11:30 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121
Washington, D.C.

ROC will release its new report, Serving While Sick: High Risks & Low Benefits for the Nation’s Restaurant Workforce, and Their Impact on the Consumer, at the briefing. Speakers include:

  • Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT), co-host and keynote speaker
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
  • Gloria Brown-Bristol, Worker in the culinary industry/member of ROC LA
  • Holly Howard, Director of Operations and Development, Egg Restaurant, New York City
  • Dara Alpert Lieberman, Government Relations Manager, Trust for America’s Health
  • Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families

The event is open to media.

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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