Mom loses job from snow days

A Mid-Michigan woman said she lost her job after staying home to care for her kids during the recent snow days.

Michelle Thering, mother and certified nursing assistant, said she was fired from her job after missing work to stay home with her two young children during their snow days.

“When I had to call again on the school closing on Monday, they called back in the afternoon and told me I was no longer needed as an employee there,” Thering said. “I was very surprised there was no other reason for me to be let go, I was a hard worker, I showed up, did my job accurately, and went above and beyond. The only reason I was given for the release of my employment was not being able to show up and not having childcare the past snow days.”

According to labor attorneys, this isn’t an uncommon or illegal practice.

A new medical leave law is taking effect next month in Michigan that will allow employees the right to care for a child whose school or place of care has been closed by a public official, according to the attorney.  

Thering said she is happy about the new law but feels that it is too late for her.

“I can’t control the weather. I can’t clear the roads to make it possible for them to go to school,” Thering said. “I’m contacting the unemployment agency for now, and I’m going to start applying for jobs.”

She said for now she will take things one day at a time.

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(2) comments


wheres the father?


It may not be illegal, but I don't think it's right. I wonder how many single fathers get fired for the same reason. We can't control the weather and it's not always possible to get last minute day care, so what else is a parent supposed to do. I wish her luck on finding a job, especially with someone who understands.

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