This Man Was Fired For Missing Work To Witness Son’s Birth—But There’s A Happy Ending
Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do, even if that means missing a day of work. While we all have work commitments, sometimes life gets in the way and we hope our employers can be understanding of that.
Unfortunately, that was not the case for Lamar Austin, who recently missed two days of work to be with his wife who went into labor on Dec. 31 and gave birth to their fourth child, Cainan, on Jan. 1.
Austin had been working for a security company as a security guard and was still under a 90-day trial period. Upon missing two shifts for the birth of his son, he received a text letting him know he’d been terminated due to his absence. This was apparently the first time he’d ever had to miss a shift.
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wow. OK, cool,’ and that was about it for me,” he told the Huffington Post. He had bigger things to worry about, like, you know, becoming a dad to a fourth child!
Before missing his shifts he thought, “I’m just going to do what I feel is right for my family, and that’s it,” he told the publication.
— Concord Monitor News (@ConMonitorNews) January 4, 2017
“It was hard, but if I have to choose between work and family, I’m always going to pick my family,” he told the Concord Monitor. “Sometimes you lose something, and you get something even better.”
And that’s exactly what happened for this family. Apparently, after the Concord Monitor article ran, Austin began receiving a slew of job offers.
— Jonathan Van Fleet (@CMonitor_JVF) January 3, 2017
Not only that, through the kindness of strangers, a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for his family while he’s in between jobs. At the time of publication, over $8,000 had been raised.
Austin told Huffington Post that there’s a job that piqued his interest, so things are definitely looking up. I have a feeling this family’s going to be just fine, and if you want to do your part to help you, you can donate to the GoFundMe page.
Every little bit counts!