Debate erupted when a boss asked the Internet if it would be wrong to fire an employee with a “very sick” wife.
published to Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum, a boss under the anonymous username u/ExistingClaim6030, shared his story to get the opinion of the Reddit community. The viral post has over 4,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
“Recently, I learned that our company is laying off,” the original poster (OP) began, “I have to let go of one of my 4 subordinates. It’s one of the 3 least-experienced people.” It came down to choosing who was hired almost 2 years ago.”
About a month ago, all of his employees were doing very well, until one of his employees, whom he called “A”, had a wife who was hospitalized and became very ill. A said the doctors didn’t think she was going to make it and how he is constantly taking care of his two “incompatible” children and always goes to his wife’s aid.
Unfortunately for A’s work performance and productivity, he is not doing well because he is too distracted. The OP wrote that since he returned to work from his initial leave, he has been coming to work late, leaving early, making many phone calls and becoming less productive and focused. When the OP talked to A about it, he was very apologetic but nothing changed about his work performance.
Reddit user is “99 percent sure” A needs his job to have good health insurance and if they really leave him, it will hit him hard. The fact that he hasn’t already quit the job if he has other health insurance further reassures the OP.
The user wrote, “I tried to explain this to HR and my superiors, and how bad it would be for team morale to leave him (everyone else knows, A is very open to us about this) , asked for more time or something. They told me that the decision to downsize was set in stone for them, and there was nothing they could do.
“One of them suggested FMLA, but the company only has about 40 employees in our local office (and we’re in a small town that’s more than 75 miles from any of our other locations) so I guess It means he is ineligible,” he continued.
The OP explained that it was his job and he needed to put his feelings out of it and wrote “don’t blame me, blame capitalism and the American health system.” He is trying to make his decision after listening to the views of his friends and family.
newsweek Contacted u/ExistingClaim6030 for comment.
Are you eligible for FMLA? family and medical leave act Allows an employee unpaid time off for “specified family and medical reasons” with health care coverage provided by covered companies.
When an employee uses the FMLA, he has 12 working weeks within a 12-month period to provide maternity leave, care for a sick family member, spouse, or child, caring for the employee himself or the employee’s adoption of a child. There are. If an employee is caring for a veteran, they are given twenty-six work weeks within a 12-month period.
to be you FMLA. eligible forYou must be employed with an eligible employee for at least 12 months, have at least 1,250 work hours prior to vacation, and work in a company with no more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius.
newsweek There are many articles about work-related issues, including how an employee was denied unpaid medical leave despite never taking the time off.
Redditors were quick to voice their opinions in the comments section.
,[You’re the a**hole] His work has always been good. They are currently dealing with difficult circumstances. Essentially, you’re putting them off because of his wife’s illness. This is disgusting,” wrote u/numtini. Several other Redditors agreed with the user as he received over 14,000 upvotes for his comment.
U/BigOleJellyDonut said, “[You’re the a**hole], 1000%. Just replace with that, how do you handle it? Have you ever had a seriously ill partner? Well I have and the stress is unbearable. You have to be with yourself! I couldn’t have been so cold and carefree.”
,[No a**holes here], But please don’t fire him. I hear what you’re saying about her work, but it’s one of the hardest moments in her life. It really won’t be possible for him to continue working at his normal level with what is happening. If you don’t know what it’s like, consider yourself lucky. one day you will. The loss of this insurance could mean the loss of her health care, and by extension, her life,” commented u/Naptivist.
“First of all, you’re not the one [a**hole] Otherwise too. HR is forcing you to fire someone. It is not up to you. You would f**k over anyone anyway. Never mind, someone got hurt,” u/TheRunningMD admitted.