By whatthehell - / Friday 25 January 2019 04:00 /
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However, you can be terminated for any reason at anytime in an at will state. If the termination paperwork doesnt state that OP was fired for the death, then it wont hold up in court. The boss can simply say it was coincidental

  eyepuppy  |  31

Employers are not required by law to give time off for bereavement. Most employee handbooks offer bereavement, but only at the companies discretion. This allows them to deny for any reason and not have a wrongful termination case against them.

  kricket5  |  19

According to the federal Family Medical Leave Act, you cannot fire an employee for a death in the family. Doesn’t matter if there is a bereavement policy or not. They don’t have to pay you for the time you take off, but they cannot fire you for taking the time.

By  RichardPencil  |  27

How many times has she “died” so you can get out of work?

If it’s one, I’m so sorry for your loss. If it’s more than one, there are multiple assholes in this scenario!

By  simmpandher  |  24

Alrighty, well my friend here's what you do. You contact HR and if they're no good, then you need to get yourself a lawyer. I've been through this for a different reason and sued on the basis of 'Wrongful Dismissal'. HR told me I was lying and so the company really came under fire. I'm very sorry to hear about your mother OP.

By  ViviMage  |  38

So you need to file a bereavement leave with your boss or HR office, and have a Proof of Death or Funeral Director’s Proof of Death or a legal Death Certificate to prove she passed. Even a hospital record.

And you also need to go to HR to get your job back, or barring that a lawyer to sue his ass/company's ass for spelling "bereavement leave" wrong. You can prove this case of wrongful termination, especially if your company as a bereavement policy.

Sending healing prayers in the coming days. I am so sorry for your loss.

And no, you don't need to "man the eff up" right now. Your boss is a spineless coward that obviously thinks a parent dying is "the dog ate my homework" level of lying. Don't let anyone tell you how to grieve the loss of someone so important to you, regardless of your age and gender.

If I was suspicious I'd ask to see the paperwork or ask the hospital to confirm the death, or just maybe not be a complete douchebag.

When my fiancé's father died in his mother's arms, his boss pulled his shaking and fighting back tears form off the lab bench and tugged him into an office and said "you need to deal with this. You go and take care of your family. Take as long as you need. Don't worry about your job and the paperwork too much."

By  Mightytall  |  33

I think even in an at will state you may be able to sue.
If they put the reason that you are lying about bereavement in the termination letter, it may still be wrongful termination.

By  AkaiKitsune  |  31

Almost all places in North America (can’t say for Europe) you are legally entitled to have up to three days off after the loss of a family member (if you ask for the time off. Some people prefer to work and that’s their choice). Whether it’s paid time off depends on the employer though.