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'The impossible choice': Without paid leave, people of color often must choose between a paycheck and caregiving

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When her husband became ill nearly two decades ago, Tameka Henry often had to take off a week or more every month to care for him and their children. That meant losing hundreds of dollars in income needed to buy groceries and pay bills because her jobs caring for people with disabilities didn’t offer paid leave.

In December, when she and her daughter contracted COVID-19, Henry once again had to go without pay as she recuperated at home. Now, though she is still dealing with the fatigue and other lingering effects of the virus, Henry goes to work anyway. 

“I needed it before the pandemic,” Henry says about the ability to take time off with pay. “Now that it’s a pandemic, it’s even more clear we really need it … It’s tough having to choose between your life and your livelihood.” 

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