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Poll says men more likely to call in sick

Oct. 10, 2005 at 10:52 AM   |   Comments

BOSTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A poll by the workplace consulting firm Marlin Co. says men are twice as likely as women to play hooky by calling in sick, reports the Boston Globe.

The firm's 11th annual Attitudes in the American Workplace poll showed that 29 percent of the men called in sick last year when they weren't, compared to 14 percent of the women.

Overall, 22 percent of American workers faked a sick day last year, the newspaper reported.

The survey also found that older workers were less likely to lie to take personal time off, with 15 percent of workers age 50 or older faking illness.

Among other findings in the poll, 89 percent of workers were covered by health insurance of some kind, but only 69 percent of those making less than $20,000 a year had coverage.

"The survey's findings on health insurance show that America is a nation of unequal health protection," said Frank Kenna, president of the Marlin Co., said.

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