School That Fired Teacher For Having Brain Surgery Finally Issues A Statement

When you’re dealing with a medical emergency, it’s reassuring to know that you have the support of those around you. The support of your family and friends goes without saying, but it’s really helpful if you have an employer that will work with you and exercise some patience during your time of need.

Amanda Anderson, 32, is not that fortunate. She was let go from her job while she was out tending to a little brain surgery.

As AWM shares, the Indiana teacher discovered that she had a brain tumor after going to the doctor for some severe headaches. Anderson found out that she needed surgery, and she contacted her employer right away.

The employer, Child Adult Resource Services, didn’t exactly fill her with warm and fuzzy feelings or provide her with reassurances.

“My supervisor told me that I would need to talk to her director in the corporate office because she didn’t think I’d been there long enough and she’d have her call me,” she explains. “Five minutes later I got a phone call that said my employment had been terminated.”

For the employer’s part, they note that their hands were tied because Anderson wasn’t employed with them for very long.

“We work with you as much as we can on the amount of benefit time that we have, but we then say we cannot hold that position, you are welcome to reapply once whatever your life crisis is averted,” said the CEO of Child Adult Resource Services, Basil Weinman. “It’s after their benefit time has expired. And it’s not termination, it’s just separation of employment. We’re not terminating like somebody has been terminated for poor job performance.”

That makes a little more sense, but the company still could’ve handled things with a bit more tact. Regardless of how long she has been employed there, Anderson at least deserved the courtesy of a clear explanation of what she was facing in terms of her employment and any options that she may be entitled to pursue. It doesn’t sound like that happened - at all.

“I know that you’re not going to pay me for hours that I’m not there and whatever God's plan is he’s got it for me but it doesn’t have to be so cold I’m already going through the worst time in my entire life,” she continued.

Her family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help her through this rough patch, and hopefully that will raise the needed funds so she can focus on her health and nothing else for the time being. It sounds like this employer may not be the best fit for her in the long run, but she can cross that bridge when she’s well enough to return to work.

In the meantime, perhaps the school can have an in-house training session on employee relations, and perhaps they can spend some extra time on having a little couth when an employee has just received some life-altering news.

Source: AWM
Photos: WDAF, GoFundMe, Fox59, YouTube

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