Controversy erupted when the head of the internet asked if he was wrong to fire an employee from a “very sick” wife.
Posted in Reddit’s forum r/AmITheA**hole, a head under the anonymous username u/ExistingClaim6030 shared his story in order to get Reddit community opinions. The viral post has more than 4,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
The original poster (OP) “Recently, I learned that our company is laying off workers”, began, “I have to leave 1 person out of my 4 subordinates. They were all hired about 2 years ago.”
About a month ago, all their employees were doing well, until one of their employees, called A, got married to the hospital and she became very ill. A said the doctors didn’t think she would make it, and how he constantly takes care of his two “unfortunate” children and always goes out to help his wife.
Unfortunately for his work performance and productivity, he was not doing well because he was too distracted. The OP wrote that since returning to work from his initial leave, he has arrived at work late, left early, taken many phone calls and become less productive and focused. When the OP spoke to A about it, he was very apologetic but nothing had changed about his job performance.
Reddit user “99 percent sure” A needs the job for good health insurance, and if they actually lay him off, it would affect him drastically. The fact that he didn’t actually leave the job if he had other health insurance convinces the OP.
The user wrote, “I’ve tried explaining to HR and my superiors about this, how it would be so bad for team morale to let him off (all others know, ‘A’ has been very open about this to us), and asked for more time or Something like that, and they told me that the decision to downsize had been set in the rocks so much above them, there was nothing they could do.
“Someone suggested FMLA, but our local corporate office only has 40 employees (and we’re in a small town over 75 miles from any of our other locations) so I guess that means it’s ineligible.”
The OP explained that this was their job and that they needed to take their emotions out of it and wrote “Don’t blame me, blame capitalism and the American healthcare system.” He was trying to make their decision after hearing ideas from their friends and family.
NEWSWEEK u/ExistingClaim6030 has been reached for comment.
Do you qualify for an FMLA? The Family and Medical Leave Act allows an employee to take unpaid leave for “specified family and medical reasons” with health care coverage offered by covered companies.
When an employee uses FMLA, he or she has 12 work weeks within a 12-month period for maternity leave, caring for a sick family member, spouse, or child, caring for the employee himself, or if the employee adopts a child. If the employee takes care of a veteran, he will be given twenty-six work weeks within a 12-month period.
To be eligible for FMLA, you must have worked for a qualified employee for at least 12 months, have at least 1,250 work hours prior to vacation and work for a company of more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius.
NEWSWEEK He has several articles on work-related issues, including how to deny an employee unpaid medical leave despite not taking time off.
Redditors were quick to comment on their opinions in the comments section.
“[You’re the a**hole] Their work has always been fine. They are currently dealing with harsh conditions. Basically, you are laying them off due to their wife’s illness. This is distasteful,” u/numtini wrote. Several other Redditors agreed with the user as they received over 14,000 upvotes for their comment.
U/BigOleJellyDonut said, “[You’re the a**hole], 1000%. Just change places with him, how are you going to deal with him? Have you ever had a severely ill partner? Well I have and the pressure is unbearable. You have to live with yourself! I can’t be that cold and indifferent.”
“[No a**holes here]. But please don’t release him. I hear what you have to say about doing his job, but this is one of the toughest moments of his life. It literally wouldn’t be possible for him to continue to function at his normal level with what’s going on. If you don’t know what that’s like, consider yourself lucky. Someday you will. Losing this insurance could mean losing her health care, and therefore her life,” u/naptivist commented.
“First of all, you are not [a**hole] In any case. HR forces you to fire someone. This is not up to you. You will beat someone anyway. No matter what happened, someone was injured,” u/TheRunningMD admitted.
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