County Will Fire Sick Employees for Working

Arizona municipality tries to put brakes on spread of swine flu
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 1:13 PM CDT
County Will Fire Sick Employees for Working
Sick at work? Pima County, Arizona wants you at home.   (Shutterstock)

In a desperate attempt to curb the spread of swine flu, Pima County, Ariz., has notified its employees that they could be canned if they come to work sick. Any employee with a fever over 100.4 accompanied by any other flu symptom will be sent packing. “It seems like we are being a bit draconian,” allowed a county official, but “we want people to feel free to call in sick.” The local government is urging private individuals and businesses to adopt similar policies. (Read more swine flu stories.)

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