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by Brigid Schulte / February 25, 2015

Women already face many inequities in the American workplace. They receive less pay, and they take a financial hit when they have a baby, while men get a boost. And now, it appears, women are less likely to get paid time off, even though they typically need it more often.

You can draw that conclusion, at least, from a new report by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management that found great disparities in the type of workers who receive paid time off—either vacation time or sick days or more general paid leave. Nearly all-full time workers do. But less than a third of part-time workers do.

The survey of 1,000 firms by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management found that between 92 and 100 percent offered paid leave  to full-time workers. Typically, they receive 5 days of paid sick days, 10 days of paid vacation days or 15 days of generic Paid Time Off.

But the same was not true for part-time workers: Barely one-third offered part-time workers paid vacation days. About one in four offered paid sick days.

And while slightly more than half of the large companies with 1,000 or more employees offered part-time workers some kind of paid time off, the report found only 15 percent of small companies offered paid time off to part-time hourly workers and 18 percent offered it to salaried part-time workers.

The report authors warn that the lack of paid time off hurts the growing number of workers who cobble together multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. “However they play it, they’re losing out on income if they take time off,” said Ken Matos, of the Families and Work Institute.

Though still a small number of workers, around 2 million Matos said, the share of workers stringing together multiple part-time jobs has risen 11 percent since 2007.

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