Woman fired for protecting grandchild from Katrina

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Thomas Veil, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Well, here's a trip into the stone-cold heart of corporate America:

    Yeah, but at least Positronic made cash donations to hurricane relief. Kinda gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling all over, doesn't it?

  2. wrxguy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2005
    Deepest Regions of Hell
    That is ****ing unbelievable...im disgusted...
  3. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    guys come on. get real. this corporation has a duty to its shareholders to make money and nothing more. **** employees!
  4. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    She forewarned her employer she wouldn't be available to work, one assumes she informed them why and for how long.

    I would imagine that the employer would have a duty to at least forewarn her that they would have to let her go if she choose this course of action.

    If they didn't I think she need to find an employment lawyer, if they did she should've already found both a lawyer and a PR agent. Either way she's going to get paid!
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    what the company did was crappy (they should rehire her under extenuating circumstances). however, the company was well w/in its legal rights and doesn't owe her anything. most employment is at-will, meaning the company can fire an employee at any time for any (non-discriminatory) reason. missing work is such a reason.

    dunno is barb was under contract or not, if so that makes it a little more tricky. however, even if she was, i'm making a guess that she violated the terms of that contract by missing days she didn't have to burn. again, the company would be under its legal right to fire her.

    morally, i think they're in the wrong, but legally, i think they're okay.
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Yep. The only way she's getting anything from the corporate folks is to shame them into it. But even so, I think I'd be looking to move on if my employer was that strict and the excuse was that good.

    I'd be calling a PR agent and looking for a different place to work.
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Basically she knew what would happen if she didn't find a babysitter, or use day care.
  8. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    Well, I'm pro-free enterprise but anti-stupidity, and Positronic is just being stupid. Let the negative PR fly! All because they didn't want to give one grandmother a few days off to deal with a national crisis and natural disaster.
  9. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    the negative publicity will cost them n-times more then the lost hours.
    they might be legally in the right, but what pettiness.

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