A Concord, New Hampshire, man got the shock of his life after his baby was born — in a way that nobody expected. Lamar Austin missed work after his wife went into labor to give birth to their son.
He was just starting a part-time position as a security guard and was on a probationary period, meaning he’d be on call 24 hours a day, every day.
Austin missed one of his shifts a month before the birth so he could take his wife to a doctor’s appointment, so he was nervous when his wife went into labor because it forced him to miss two additional shifts.
Sure enough, Austin got a text from his employer on New Year’s Day that informed him he’d been terminated. On the first day of labor, he informed his boss that he wouldn’t be able to make it. When it extended to a second day, he called into work one more time.
“I didn’t want to make it seem like I’m trying to miss work or something,” Austin told the Concord Monitor of the conversation he had with his boss.
“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.'”
When he got the text saying he’d been fired, Austin decided not to put up a fight.