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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-27-2005, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Woman Sees Husband Off to Iraq, Gets Fired

Wed Oct 26, 6:26 PM ET

A woman who took an unpaid leave of absence from work to see her husband off to war with an Indiana National Guard unit has been fired after failing to show up for her part-time receptionist job the day following his departure.

"It was a shock," said Suzette Boler, a 40-year-old mother of three and grandmother of three. "I was hurt. I felt abandoned by people I thought cared for me. I sat down on the floor and cried for probably two hours."

Officials at her former workplace, Benefit Management Administrators Inc., a Caledonia employee-benefits company, confirmed that Boler was dismissed when she didn't report to work the day after she said goodbye to her husband of 22 years.

"We gave her sufficient time to get back to work," Clark Galloway, vice president of operations for Benefit Management, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Wednesday.

He added that other factors were involved in the decision, but he declined to elaborate.

On Oct. 16, Boler went with her husband, Army Spc. Jerry Boler, 45, to an Indianapolis-area airfield, where he and others in his National Guard unit gathered to be transported to Fort Dix, N.J. The unit will soon be deployed to Iraq, where he will help guard convoys from insurgent attacks.

Although the Bolers moved to western Michigan 14 years ago, Jerry Boler, a diesel mechanic, decided to remain with his Bloomington, Ind.-based Guard unit, the 150th Field Artillery Regiment.

Suzette Boler had received permission to take off work the week leading up to her husband's departure. As a part-time employee at Benefit Management, she did not receive vacation pay and was not compensated for her time off.

She usually worked Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays answering telephones, entering claims information and greeting visitors and clients. Boler, who said she considers herself a reliable employee with good work habits, was employed at the company for 14 months and earned $9 per hour.

Boler recalled being asked, not ordered, to start back at her job Oct. 17, the day after her husband left. She told her bosses that she would try to return that day but if she could not, she would definitely be back Oct. 18, she said.

When Boler returned home from Indiana on the night of Oct. 16, a few hours after leaving her husband at the airfield, she said she felt drained by the emotional ordeal and decided to return to work Oct. 18.

But on the afternoon of Oct. 17, she received a call from work telling her to come in the following day and get her things because she was being fired. Her pink slip said the reason was she failed to show up for work Oct. 17, a Monday.

"If I had even an inkling that I would be fired for not coming in Monday, I would have been there," she said.


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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-27-2005, 12:54 PM
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Re: Think you are getting screwed at worK????????

sounds ok to me...

one, im sure she knew way in advance her husband would be leaving that day, enough to get someone to dover her..

two, she wasnt "ordered" to come back... generally if your boss asks you to do something, you do it

three, sounds like there were other reasons besides that

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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-27-2005, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Think you are getting screwed at worK????????

There were other reasons as the guy stated, but I can see this happening waaaay too often in corporate America.

I got it through email and figured to post it to see what other people think, or whether anyone has been in a similar situation.

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Kind of sucks for her. The company should have given her a break. She was gone for 3 days technically and didnt get paid for those. so its not like she waking taking advantage of the system or anything.
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The least she could have done is call on Monday morning to say she wasn't going to be in, instead of just saying on Sunday, "Oh, I don't think I'll go in tomorrow, and just show up on Tuesday." Not sure about any of you, but I can't just not show up to work for a day w/o explanation, esp. after being granted 3 days off the previous week!

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well she should have called in but ya pretty lame on there part....btw super i don't like your avatar as much this time round.

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I'm still trying to locate the other avatar, the host is down or something. I actually had this avatar before though, people named it 'the jiggler' lol.

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yeah that was kinda crappy, im sure she knew head of time when her husband was leaving so she should have made plans, but even after that i think it was kinda harsh to just let her go because of that.... if she was good at her job and she didnt have a other porblems before i dont se why she was not giving a warning

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I agree, she could ahver gave them advanaced notice, but with unpaid leave, I think she still got the shaft.

We don't know about her years of service or work history though, it was just one of those quick headlines that falshes in google news. I got it via email at work.

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you mean this avatar? All you have to do is copy it(right click) and then upload it instead of actually displaying from a website.

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