An American father who claims he was fired after attending his baby’s birth has been inundated with job offers.
Lamar Austin was sacked from his trial period as a security guard after skipping shifts to see his wife, Lindsay, through a long labour.
His employer, Salerno Protective Services, let him know he was “terminated” over text on New Year’s Day, according to local media.
“I just responded ‘ok’,” he told Concord Monitor.
“I was in the hospital, it was a long night, and I wasn’t trying to argue with nobody about a job while my wife was in labour.”
His son, Cainin, gained media attention as the first baby born in the US state of New Hampshire in 2017.
“Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better,” Austin told the Concord Monitor.
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The father of four has since been offered at least three job offers and a Go Fund Me page has been set up for his family.
“No one should have to choose between their family and their job. Welcoming a new baby to a family should be a joyous time,” says Sara Persechino on the GoFundMe page.
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Denis Beaudoin, a local business manager, offered the new father the chance to apply for an apprenticeship.
“I know how valuable family time is, and if you’re a union member we incorporate that, we understand that, and we don’t penalise you for that,” Beaudoin told Concord Monitor.
Austin’s former employer told Mamamia his release from employment was due to “progressive reasons” .
A spokesperson said the timing was “poor” but “necessary for operational purposes”.
“Salerno will be looking into revamping it’s termination processes to avoid such misunderstandings in the future,” they said.