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Woman’s job ‘at risk’ for taking time off to care for son after surgery

Commentators have come to the defense of a woman whose job is ‘in jeopardy’ because she took time off to care for her son, who was recently forced to undergo ’emergency surgery’.

Posting to Reddit’s “Antiwork” forum on Wednesday under the username u/Soup_Rah, the woman’s son shared photos of the “corrective action” notice she received from her employer. The post garnered more than 28,000 upvotes and nearly 2,000 comments from disgruntled Redditors, many of whom encouraged the woman to look for a new job.

In the notice, the woman’s employer explained that she was being reprimanded for “excessive absenteeism”.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) defines “excessive absenteeism” as “two or more occurrences of unexcused absence in a 30-day period.”

Commenters have come to the aid of a woman whose job is ‘in jeopardy’ because she took leave to care for her son, who was recently forced to undergo ’emergency surgery’.

Unexcused absences, the association explained, occur when an employee has not given “adequate notice” of their absence, a supervisor has not approved their absence request, and/or the employee has not accumulated enough PTO to cover the absence. .

In the comments section of her own post, u/Soup_Rah insisted that “excessive absenteeism” didn’t accurately describe her mother’s situation.

“I received a text from you on Friday, April 8, 2022. Your message said your son was having surgery the following week and that you were going to Colorado to take care of him and that you would be away for a week,” read the notice given to u/Soup_Rah’s mother.

In total, the notice states, the woman missed three days of work. Now his job is now “in danger”.

“The next time you go out without notice, you will become a ‘standby’ hygienist,” the notice continues. “We will hire another hygienist on a part-time or full-time basis. You will be offered any days the new hygienist is unable to work, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.”

u/Soup_Rah clarified in a comment that her mother “discharged the same day [he] has been said [he] had to have surgery.”

“They had time to find cover, they just didn’t want to pay market rate for a temp,” he said in a separate comment.

Since u/Soup_Rah’s operation was an “emergency”, many commenters disputed the advice her mother received and said she should look for a new job.

“This shit is driving me crazy,” u/bombayblue wrote. “We’re all human. It happens. Why would you drag an employee over the coals for this? It’s OP time [original poster’s] mom to find a new job.”

“It’s so fucked up. I hope she finds a new job that treats her better,” u/bangchansbf said.

“It’s definitely time to look for a new job. Just 3 days off shouldn’t be that important,” u/wafflez77 added.

Newsweek contacted u/Soup_Rah for comment.

Of course, u/Soup_Rah’s post isn’t the first “Antiwork” post to gain attention online. On Thursday, a photo of a controversial restaurant sign went viral, as did a business that said it would withhold tips from employees who were late for work.

And on Monday, a Redditor went viral for claiming they had recently received a notice from HR that their phones would be randomly searched.


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