Worker Fired For Taking Time To Care For Dying Wife

This is one of those stories that I suspect will develop considerably as time goes on.

The basic story is that a city worker in Massachusetts was fired for taking off to much time while caring for his wife, who was dying of cancer. The worker is now suing alleging that there was racial bias involved (he is white and the person who took his place is hispanic)

Setting aside the racial issue this is one of those stories that is always difficult to deal with. On the one hand certainly the man should be able to spend time with his dying wife. On the other hand his absence certainly puts strain on his co workers and if a temp is hired to take his place then what about their situation ?

It’s a tough subject even without the racial angle and will be an interesting story to follow. I welcome your thoughts on this story and the topic in general.

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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