ZAZ: I'm not getting the racial angle in all of this.The mayor is from the Dominican Republic. The complaint alleges reverse discrimination.
ZAZ: This was patronage, the mayor's favorite pastime, not racial discrimination....
KrispyKritter: last employer, a Japanese based film company, their personnel guy would find reason to fire anyone who developed an illness that kept them from being a full bore workslave. what a hunchback piece of crap he was. saw a lot of long time loyal employees get screwed when they needed their benefits the most.
my alt's alt's alt: i've been fired from SIX different jobs for illness that resulted in my missing work for 3-6 days (three of those absences being hospitalizations). so i can empathize with the heartless bullshiat system. thanks america!
Skarekrough: To be fair, Lowell is a shiathole.
letrole: Chinchillazilla: It is certainly hard being a white male in America.cig-mkr: And as the demographics change it will only get worse my friend. Paybacks for all the years of white discrimination will be a biatch.The problem with that attitude is the way that, actually, nobody will getting paid back for something they did. They'll be dead by then.
Marcintosh: Gosh, unions sure do suck don't they?I'm willing to bet there's more than meets the eye here though to be honest, I've seen this crap myself.Upton Sinclair weeps quietly in his grave.
ZAZ: Skarekrough: To be fair, Lowell is a shiathole.This is about Lawrence, which makes Lowell look gentrified.
rdu_voyager: Very sad, but he didn't qualify for FMLA.The fact his replacement was unqualified and of a different race doesn't negate the fact that he was ineligible to return to work under the FMLA.The only way he'd have a case is if there are other people who were allowed to return to work under similar circumstances (ie, not FMLA eligible) and they were predominantly of one race (ie, Hispanic).
Gifted Many Few: If someone doesn't come to work, they should not be expected to keep the job. People like to use cancer as a way to get special treatment. It does not work that way. All cancer means is that your time on this earth may be shorter than you like. It does not give you rights and treatment that you would otherwise not get.
alessandro: This case doesn't seem to be one where the guy was playing the system. His wife will only die once.
swahnhennessy: While the dying wife angle works for a story, the real one is given short shrift in that piece:In the meantime Tom's position as a laborer has been filled by Jose Santiago, a former state representative who is currently sitting in jail after he was arrested early Saturday for violating a restraining order.WTF?
alessandro: graeylin: Being on the other end of this stick sometimes with my company, while I feel for people going through their crisis, it isn't any easier on the company sometimes.We have people here who make a living at taking time off. It's practically a guarantee that as soon as they have their required hours for a year on their paycheck, they will come in with a doctor's noteThis case doesn't seem to be one where the guy was playing the system. His wife will only die once.Since he was ultimately replaced by a guy who is now in jail, this lawsuit might be legitimate. At a minimum, he should be immediately reinstated since there is an opening.
LisaNeedsBraces: 7 years ago, I knew a guy who's father was on the way out. The guy worked as a car salesman & he was a darned good one (if there is such a thing...). As the guy's father was dying, the car dealership told the salesman to choose: either see his father before he dies or attend his funeral - he couldn't have the time off to do both.He went to both & found a job elsewhere. With no regrets.I'll never understand how any company feels it can kick their employees in the stones like this. At the same time, perhaps the mayor from the article should know what it's like to experience a loved one/himself dying/die from cancer. It ain't a day at Disneyland.
Forbidden Doughnut: That's easy, many companies/government depts. are managed by sociopaths....
ReapTheChaos: You fail to show up for work for an extended period of time and they fire you. Imagine that.Next thing you know bosses are going to expect you to do something all day while you're getting paid.
Hale-Bopp: ReapTheChaos: You fail to show up for work for an extended period of time and they fire you. Imagine that.Next thing you know bosses are going to expect you to do something all day while you're getting paid.You have a heart of gold. Stay gold.
bunner: And you know why all this keeps working?Because for every self important dickwad who will happily step on some guy's face for a few bucks or to feel the tingle of a power boner, there's a thousand people with sore faces who will happily acquiesce to the notion that "that's just the way it is".
Forbidden Doughnut: bunner: And you know why all this keeps working?Because for every self important dickwad who will happily step on some guy's face for a few bucks or to feel the tingle of a power boner, there's a thousand people with sore faces who will happily acquiesce to the notion that "that's just the way it is".Maybe it time for something like this to happen:[ms-brown.wikispaces.com image 475x346]....but the Left in the USA is too compromised, weak, limp-wristed, and spineless to attempt anything like it today.../ doesn't help that most people like me can still get 3 squares a day and have a roof over our heads//....and the fact that I fear imprisonment and death...
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