Little Cainan Austin was born on New Year’s day at 7:44 A.M, the first baby born in Concord for the year of 2017. Outrageously, his father may have also been the first person fired in 2017 simply for attending the birth.
Lamar Austin, a 30 year old Army veteran had found work as a security guard with Salerno Protective Services. The job required him to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and up until this point, he had never been late for a shift. He was still under the 3-month probationary period which means that in the “at-will employment” state of New Hampshire, an employer can let an employee go for nearly any reason.
When his wife went into labor, he called his boss to let him know.
I didn’t want to make it seem like I’m trying to miss work or something,” Austin told the Concord Monitor. “The second day I told my boss, ‘My wife is still in labor,’ and he just said, ‘You’re forcing my hand, if you aren’t in work by 8 tomorrow we are going to terminate you.’
“I just responded ‘ok,’ ” he told the Monitor. “I was in the hospital, it was a long night, and I wasn’t trying to argue with nobody about a job while my wife was in labor.”
While the move seemed unnecessarily Grinch-like, it wasn’t actually illegal according to the state’s laws. His story went viral, and we can only hope that other employers in the area will be quick to hire him!
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