Only about a quarter of food workers nationwide have paid sick leave, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research . So it’s perhaps not surprising that multiple surveys have found that more than half of food services workers say they’ve come to work sick. Read some of the many horrifying anecdotes collected about waiters, cooks, busboys and other food handlers coming in with norovirus , hepatitis A , pinkeye and other contagious illnesses, and you’ll never again want to eat a restaurant meal without first dousing it in Purell.