A woman in Michigan almost lost her job after her boss threatened to fire her if she won’t show up for work — she was by her son’s side who was on life support.
Crystal Reynolds Fisher informed her manager, named Dawn, that she will not be able to show up for her job to be with her son.
Her son was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning, June 29, as he had a high fever of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and his oxygen was low. He was then transferred to another hospital when his fever was not breaking. From there, doctors decided to have him ventilated and put him on life support, reports WXMI.
Fisher did not expect her boss’ stern reply, as she shared their conversation via her Facebook page, Sunday, July 1.
As seen from the conversation’s screen shots, Dawn told Fisher: “That isn’t how we do things here, so I’ll accept that you’re quitting.”
Fisher shot back: “Ok so how do we do things when my child is on life support? I never said I was quitting so I take that [you’re] firing me?” But her boss stood her ground and said that if she cannot come to work, it means she’s quitting.
Their exchange went on, with Dawn saying that there was no reason for Fisher to be away from work; Dawn also said she will not tolerate drama.
Fisher’s post went viral, garnering 46,000 reactions, 83, 262 shares and 20,000 comments, as of this writing.
This was not the first time that Fisher reached out to her boss to tell her about her absence. She said that her 14-year-old daughter phoned Dawn, but was told that Fisher should be the one calling her.
PS Food Mart, where Fisher works, later issued a statement, announcing that the manager involved is no longer employed with them.
“We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company,” PS Food Mart said on its Facebook page Monday, July 2. It also stated that Fisher will be allowed to “take the time off that she needs during this difficult period.” Katrina Hallare/JB