I had to fire a single mom of a special needs kid yesterday
I obviously didn't feel good about doing it, but my sister is trying to make me feel bad about it.
Her son has autism and several emotional/learning disabilities. She has told me in the past that when he has a meltdown, it can be violent and very hard to control. We've had a good relationship and she was a good worker most of the time. However, she was consistently late, almost always because of something to do with him. I was understanding in the beginning, but it really wasn't fair to my other staff to see her coming in 15-20 minutes late on a regular basis with no consequences. In the last two months, her son has been having a rough patch, and I let it slide a bit, but she hasn't shown up to work twice without a call until 30 mins after her shift started. Both times she sounded like she'd been crying and I told her I would write her up, but not to stress.
Yesterday she didn't show up at all. No call, nothing. I tried calling her every hour or so, no answer. I got a TEXT 3 hours after her shift was supposed to be done saying "sorry, stressful day with Johnny". Another employee had to stay to cover her shift after he had just worked 8 hours since no one else could come in. That was the last straw and I asked her to come in when she could. She did, and I had to let her go. She didn't take it well at all, which is understandable, but there's no way I could have kept her on with her unreliability.
My bitchy sister has been reaming me out all night- "how could I do that to a single mom before the holidays", "what about her son?". I feel bad, but I'm an employer, not a charity. Our company policy is 3 write up, you're gone, with a no call-no show once being grounds for dismissal in itself.