What really pisses me off in situations where reliable slaves get in trouble for calling out is all the damned fucking fakers out there that make cause for such disbelief for any call-offs due to illness.
Hell I've gone to work for almost a full week with laryngitis... getting chewed out by every other customer for me to speak up cause I had no voice. My throat felt like I'd swallowed razor blades and glass, my sinuses were erupting like Mt Vesuvius and I was shaking more than a nervous chihuahua.
Yet the supervisors and managers were skeptical of my honestly of being ill...despite seeing me with their own eyes!
We've had people at work who spend half their work day barfing... people with pink-eye, strep throat, pneumonia... all working. Mostly cause you get written up for calling off, even if you're actually sick, at our company. They'd call off and stay home if they could, but can't afford to risk losing their job despite how sick or contagious they are.
And people wonder why diseases spread so quickly.