Amanda Anderson, aged 32, was working for her Indiana school as a pre-k teacher for less than a year when tragedy struck.
After going to the doctor for severe headaches, she found out that she had a brain tumor.
It was only three days later that the doctors wanted to remove the tumor. This was a big strain on the mother of two, who was now worried about living expenses and medical coverage.
She informed her school because she needed time off from work, and she was redirected to the corporate office because she was not employed at the school for long enough.
According to the Family and Medical leave act, the school was not supposed to cover her over that time under the law, so they terminated her employment instead.
The statement they gave her was “we can not hold that position, you are welcome to reapply once whatever your life crisis is averted.”
“My supervisor told me that I would need to talk to her director in the corporate office because she didn’t think I’d been there long enough and she’d have her call me. Five minutes later I got a phone call that said my employment had been terminated,” Anderson told Fox 59.
The school says they are within the law because Anderson didn’t have leave coverage under the Family and Medical Leave act because she was employed at the school for a short period of time.
Basil Weinman, CEO of the Children Adult Resource Services said, “we work with you as much as we can on the amount of benefit time that we have, but we then say we cannot hold that position, you are welcome to reapply once whatever your life crisis is averted.” FOX59 asked Weinman how long the employee has before they’re terminated.
“It’s after their benefit time has expired. And it’s not termination, it’s just separation of employment. We’re not terminating like somebody has been terminated for poor job performance,” Weinman said.
“I know that you’re not going to pay me for hours that I’m not there and whatever god’s plan is he’s got it for me but it doesn’t have to be so cold I’m already going through the worst time in my entire life,” Anderson said. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical and living expenses for Amanda and her two children.