Community Steps Up To Support Man Fired for Attending Birth of his Child
There is almost nothing more important in this world than seeing the birth of your children. But apparently no one told Salerno Protective Services, a security company in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Earlier this week, Salerno fired employee Lamar Austin after he missed work to attend the birth of his son. Fortunately, the community around him in New Hampshire has stepped up in support of Austin in the aftermath of his ridiculous firing.
Austin, a 30-year old military veteran, was hired by Salerno last month. He was on a 90-day trial period that included being on call 24 hours a day. However, he ended up missing a couple of shifts, first to take his wife, Lindsay, to a doctor’s appointment and again after she went into labor.
Austin’s son, Cainan, his fourth child, was born around 1 a.m. on Sunday. Later that day, Salerno informed him via text message that he was fired.
In the wake of his termination, the local media in New Hampshire picked up his story, which led to large amounts of support from the community around him. In the span of a last few days, more than two dozen people have contributed to a GoFundMe campaign to help the family. Meanwhile, Austin has received at least three job offers to help him replace the one he just lost.
“Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better,” Austin said about the whirlwind of events over the past week. “If I have to choose between work and family, I’m always going to pick my family.”
Salerno could not comment specifically on Austin but provided a statement to the local media disputing some aspects of the story and imploring that those critical of them be “cognizant of the product we give our clients!”
The company was certainly within its legal rights to fire Austin, but firing a man for choosing the birth of his son over work lacks all common sense. Surely, Salerno should have been cognizant of Austin’s situation and understanding of his choice.
Denis Beaudoin, manager of one of the businesses offering Austin a position, seems to understand, saying about his business, “We don’t toleratte absenteeism, but we certainly don’t penalize someone for wanting to attend the birth of his son.”
Fortunately for Austin, he has received great support from his community in the wake of his former employer’s ridiculous decision.