She had just taken the first break of her shift and had gone to the cafeteria to grab a quick lunch…but something went horribly wrong. Danielle Duperreault worked at Urban Planet, a clothing store in the local mall.
Danielle has a severe food allergy where mangoes and peppers of any kind will cause her airways to close up and prevent her from breathing. Normally, she carries an epi-pen, a portable syringe filled with epinephrine, a form of adrenaline which is a life-saving drug that will keep her airways open long enough to get to a hospital and receive treatment. But it was upstairs in her purse, in the back room of the store.
She rushed upstairs and told the manager on staff what was happening expecting an ambulance to be called. She could feel her throat closing and frantically searched her purse only to find that it was missing. The manager on staff went back to typing on her computer, ignoring the situation with a “let me know when you get to the hospital.”
Danielle was helped down to the parking lot by another worker…that’s when she realized that no ambulance was coming. They flagged down another employee that they saw coming in to work, who quickly shoved Danielle into the car and drove to the nearest clinic. Danielle was passing out already and there wasn’t enough time to get to the hospital.
The clinic administered epinephrine and Benadryl, calling an ambulance to take her to the hospital. That is when Danielle and the co-worker who took her to the clinic received this text message:
The CEO of the company is covering Danielle’s salary until she finds other employment, and had this to say:
We take very seriously the health and well-being of all our employees. We have reached out to Ms. Duperreault and we would ask for everyone’s patience as we work through this situation.”
But Danielle only really wants an apology from the manager. Meanwhile, she is expected to pay the hospital expenses out of pocket and with no job.