We all know that people do treat pets as a part of the family and they couldn’t take it when something happens to their beloved member. This teenage girl was so shaken by the death of her pet dog that she wasn’t unable to work and eventually got fired.
Emma McNulty, 18, lost her companion for 14 years, Milly – a Yorkshire Terrier. She called up to inform that she was too upset to work and wanted to skip. However, she was asked to find cover for her shift or risk dismissal.
She was working part-time in a sandwich shop, from where she was fired and left unemployed the same day as losing her best friend. She is now petitioning to allow bereavement leave from work following the death of a family pet.
The teenager was due to begin her work at 3pm, but she had informed about her unavailability to the manager at 10am. When she couldn’t find an alternative worker to fill in, she was asked not to bother working for the rest of the week. Later she got an email saying that she was discharged from the duty for misconduct.
She said: “I informed my manager I could not come into work as I was too devastated and physically sick to do so.
“Instead of being shown the compassion and sympathy stated in the contract, I was sent a number of nasty messages and told I had to cover my shift as no bereavement time was allowed for pets.
“I did not go to work that day and I was fired and left unemployed the same day as losing my best friend, this caused me extreme distress and sickness.”
She added: “I was sacked on the same day as I lost my dog. Milly was 14 and I am 18, so I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t part of my life. We did everything together. I was so close to her and she was my best pal.”
The petition, which has now amassed over 3,000 signatures, reads: “I recently lost my dog, a valued family member and companion, I grew up with her and developed a close relationship that only grew each day.
“I think it’s disgusting how some company’s think it’s acceptable to treat someone in this way with no remorse, a family pet (in my case my dog) has just as much importance as a human family member. It’s time companies acknowledged this and give people the time they need to grieve with no worry of losing their job.”
What’s your take on the whole issue?