Katherine Wutchiett Advocates for Paid Sick Leave to Protect California’s Workers and Families

Katherine Wutchiett (’16), Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work, was quoted in the LA Times discussing measures to address the absence of an economic safety net for California workers impacted by COVID (“Many Californians Have Just Three Days of Paid Leave. What if They Get COVID-19?” Mar. 7). “California’s economy cannot recover until the spread of COVID-19 is under control, and the spread of COVID-19 cannot be controlled without adequate access to paid sick leave.” Regarding confusion created by multiple statutes pertaining to leave, Katherine noted, “Workers shouldn’t have to be lawyers to be able to figure out whether or not their job will be safe or if they’ll be paid. Two weeks of emergency paid leave is the simple, straightforward, minimum protection they need.”