A father of four from New Hampshire who missed two shifts at his job to be with his wife while she gave birth to their son was fired on Jan. 1.
Lamar Austin, a military veteran, was on a 90-day trial period with Solerno Protective Services, which provides security to stores and colleges, The Huffington Post reported.
Austin had worked all of his shifts, but on Dec. 28 he had to decline an offer to work because he had to take his wife to the doctor. The employer reportedly wanted him to be on call 24/7 and “dependable.”
When his wife went into labor two days later, Austin decided to remain with her at the hospital.
“I thought, ‘I’m just going to do what I feel is right for my family,’ and that’s it,” he said.
At around 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Austin got a text message from his employer, reading, “As of now, you are terminated.”
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wow. OK, cool,’ and that was about it for me,” said Austin of his reaction.
He added that he was focused on the birth of his son, Cainan, the first baby to be born in Concord in 2017.