You may have seen this story in the news, Mom Loses Job After Kidney Donation, about a heartless company mistreating a poor mother who had lost an uncle, her mother, found out her father had lukemia and then her son needed a kidney. She had taken all her vacation while her mother died so when she stepped up to donate a kidney to her son she had no time off. She asked for leave of absence, which was granted with the provision that it did not guarantee her job, but found out she was replaced when she returned. Sound bad? Sure does, that is why I am calling all HR experts, your opinion is needed on helping this “evil” company.
Needless to say, with a story like this the company has been trashed in the media. But before you jump in and offer your opinion on how this should have been handled let me give you some other facts:
- The company is not covered by FMLA, they only have 40 employees.
- They are not unionized.
- They are located in Pennsylvania, an at-will state, with an implied contract exception.
- No story indicated how long she had been with the company.
- No story indicated what her performance was at the company.
- No story indicated what her job was.
- The company decided to pay her salary while she reapplied for a job with the company.
- The manager said he did not make policy, just enforced it.
- The president of the company said he knew nothing about it when contacted by the press.
If you want to read the story you can read the original story here.
My questions for you are these:
- If you were responsible for HR what would you have done?
- What advice would you have given to this manager when he came to you and said he wanted to terminate her?
- What would you do now for damage control?
Please let me know.