Boss fired after saying employee’s son being on life support was ‘drama’

(WISN) — A Michigan mother was stunned after her boss said her son being on life support was “drama.”

Crystal Fisher’s told WXMI she rushed her son to the hospital last week with a 104-degree fever. While in the midst of dealing with her son’s health crisis, Fisher’s daughter called her boss at a local convenience store to let her know what was going on.

As her daughter explained the situation, Fisher told the station she heard her boss say, "This ain’t the way we run things. Your mother needs to be the one calling me.”

As the day wore on, Fisher’s son’s condition deteriorated and he was airlifted to another hospital where he was placed on life support. Doctors said the boy was suffering from a bacterial infection.

The next day, Fisher reached out to her boss, telling her the severity of the situation. The response she got threw her for a loop.

Fisher texted her boss, “I’m just letting [you] know my son is still on life support so until he is out…I will not be able to make it to work. I can let [you] know as he starts to get better so that way I can return to work with no problems.”

Her boss’s response: “This isn’t how we do things, so I’ll accept that you’re quitting.”

During the back and forth exchange, Fisher’s boss said, “There is no reason you can’t work and I will not tolerate drama…If you aren’t there to work your shift tomorrow, then I take that as you’ve quit.”

Fisher posted screenshots of the conversation on her Facebook page. It has since been shared mare than 70,000 times.

One of the people in Fisher’s corner is her company, PS Food Mart. On its official Facebook page, the company said the manager’s response to her request for leave was not acceptable.

“We are investigating the situation and will make sure that it is resolved quickly and thoroughly. We have already been in contact with our employee and have communicated our support and assurance that she will be allowed any time off needed.”

One day later, the company revealed the manager in question was no longer employed by PS Food Mart.

“We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company. For that, we are very sorry.”

Now Crystal tells WXMI she’s relieved that she can now focus on her son.

“My concern is when my son does wake up and when he does open his eyes, he sees mommy there,” she said.

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