Man Fired For Attending His Son’s Birth Is Flooded With Support And Job Offers
January 12, 2017
On January 1, Lamar and Lindsay Austin celebrated the birth of their son, Cainan – the first baby born at Concord Hospital in 2017. Unfortunately, attending the birth of his son cost Lamar his job as a part-time security guard.
No one should have to choose between their family and their job. Welcoming a new baby to a family should be a joyous time.
Though Lamar sent a text to his boss explaining the situation, he received a response reading: “You’re forcing my hand, if you aren’t in work by 8 tomorrow we are going to terminate you.”
On New Year’s Day, Lamar received another text saying that he was “terminated.”
When Lamar’s story was published in the local newspaper, it was seen by former town board member and paid family leave advocate Sara Persechino, who created a GoFundMe campaign to ease the financial stresses of the family until Lamar found another job.
Since its creation, hundreds of people have donated and more than $10,000 has been raised. More importantly, multiple employers have contacted Lamar with job offers.