I have a health condition that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort
sometimes. Yesterday I was feeling so bad I called in to speak to my manager.
You might expect there would have been some sympathy, but the response I received was all very cold. It was confirmed I had already used up all my sick days (six for the entire year, and a single case of the flu can wipe out most of those in one shot), so when I asked if it would be okay if I stayed home, I was told it was my call, but that hadn't I called out the day after my weekend before? The implication was that I was just trying to extend my days off.
Since I'm at their mercy, with no rights or say in the matter at all (you can be fired without notice and without a reason being given) I went into work and suffered through the day in great pain.
They've recently brought in a lot of new hires (temps) in my department, so any of us, no matter how long we've worked there, are at risk of losing our jobs since we can be replaced quite easily and we are ultimately disposable to the company.
I'm not fully recovered, but I am feeling better today, no thanks to the evil system of wage slavery.