Fired for attendance due to babysitter issues
Updated : July 26th, 2022
I lost my job recently due to attendance issues. I worked for the company for almost 4 years. I started out on third shift, then had to transfer to first because of my children. I had a very good attendance up until 3 months before I got fired. Our company has a “No fault” attendance policy; so it doesn’t matter why you are out, and in order to use PTO, it has to be 48 hours in advance. It seemed like everything that could happen, happened.
We had inclement weather and I wasn’t able to make it to work, I couldn’t even get out of the parking lot the ice was so bad. I wasn’t going to risk getting in a car accident and being out of work longer.
My children got sick, I contracted their illness, so of course I had to call out for those days. A few weeks later, I hurt my back, and I was out for one full day, and went in late the next day. I did have doctors excuses for those days. Then I hired a new babysitter, and sometimes she would call me the morning of, saying that she could not watch them. I have always called out and did let my superiors know what was going on.
We have a new supervisor, and he’s one of those people who, say one thing the first time and then a few days later he changes his mine. Then last minute we all of sudden had to work 10-hour shifts plus Saturdays. I love to work, but my kids have to come first.
My hands were tied in this situation. I cannot afford daycare, otherwise I would have put them in one. He also was mad that I couldn’t make it to work for 2 Saturdays, because I was going on vacation, after it was already approved. He said he was “unaware” that I was going to be gone from Saturday to Saturday. Pretty much they refused to work with me, other than changing my shift. I cannot work 2nd or 3rd shift, I am a single mother of 2 children, and its very difficult to find a babysitter for those hours on top of I would hardly see them during the week.
I really need to know what I should do about unemployment benefits, I had good reason to be out. There wasn’t anything I could’ve done. My company fights unemployment, so I’ve heard from past employees. Any information about the state of South Carolina work laws regarding overtime, etc. would be most helpful. Thanks.
I can’t make out what the “final incident” was. What precisely motivated the employer to fire you?
South Carolina is an attorney state and is the one state that refuses to talk to third parties, unless that third party is a SC attorney, So I have less knowledge about SC.
I really can’t say anything about the attendance issue because I can’t tell if you were fired for being late or absent because of one or more babysitting incidents or if your were fired for refusing to work overtime or for taking a preapproved vacation.
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