It was the height of insensitivity, total lack of empathy, and poor leadership skills on the part of a manager when she told an employee that her son being on life support is not “an excuse to skip work.”
The news was met with outrage by a lot of people. And ultimately, the manager had to pay the price, not just for a bad judgment call, but a cruel response to a deeply worried - and rightfully so - employee.
Crystal Fisher shared to her manager via a text message the tragic family news that her 18-year-old son Jason was placed on life support as he is fighting an infection.
Fisher wanted to be temporarily excused from work to be able to attend to her son’s grave needs. However, her manager at PS Food Mart in Michigan was not only unsympathetic to her plight but was downright cruel also, saying her family’s dire situation is no excuse to miss work.
The manager even replied with the callous message: “’I will not get into with you on here but I’ve been more than accommodating during this allowing schedule changes and such.”’
The reply continued with: “There is no reason you can’t work and I won’t tolerate drama.”
And ended with what appeared like an ultimatum: “End of conversation. If you aren’t there to work your shift tomorrow then I take that as you’ve quit.”
Fisher was adamant that she didn’t want to lose her job, but that obviously she needed to attend to her son who was in an emergency, if not life and death situation. She said: "This is his life we're talking about, not just in the hospital sick. He's on life support. And I let her know that no, I'm not quitting, I want my job, that my son's more important, though, than your job because I can replace your job. I cannot replace my kid."
Good thing for the company that when they learned how the manager acted on the matter showing utter lack of compassion and understanding, they didn’t waste time responding by firing the manager on Monday morning.
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I’m so glad they fired this manager. Any manager, worth their salt, knows there will be times when an employee has to tend to family issues. This was a missed opportunity to encourage her friends & co-workers to pitch in so she could take care of her family & not have to worry about losing her job.
What I am left guessing is how long this was going on? I have a few employees that have all sorts of explanations as to why they need off or to come in late. It’s the “I will not tolerate drama” statement that makes methink that employee has used moar excuses than my kids on life support.
OMG how can a manager be that mean and cruel? On life support, it's not as if it's just a fever. oh oh she better be careful, karma's a bitch. oh she was already fired so that's just the beginning.
How long has she been absent?
She is making it sound like her son will die if she is not there.
But a mother should be by her son's side if he is already on life support. Oh come on people, how can you even question her? Absurd!!!
Semi-QUOTING the FMLA section of the "DOL-dot-Gov" website.
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:
Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
… employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;…
QUESTION NOW IS: Has she exceed 12 weeks in a 1 year period?
If not she has a Lawsuit.
Time to make a police report…harassment, intimidation in the work place…Put the manager in jail…see who's the boss there…