A devastated teen has launched a petition for bereavement leave when dealing with the loss of a family pet.
As reported by Glasgow Live, Emily McNulty, of Baillieston, said she was devastated at the attitude of her employers when she requested the day off work after hearing of the loss of her family’s beloved pet, Yorkshire Terrier, Milly.
Emily had the pooch for 14 years and was heartbroken when on Saturday she phoned her manager at the sandwich shop to say she would not be able to make it into work that day.
Instead of the sympathy she was expecting, the 18-year-old was reportedly fired.
Emily claimed: “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.”
Emily’s manager allegedly insisted that it was then Emily’s responsibility to find someone to cover her shift, or face disciplinary action.
As Emily’s search for a replacement did not turn out successful, Emily was informed there was no point in coming in for that shift or any further. Later on, Emily received an email to say she had lost her position based on gross misconduct.
Shocked by the lack of sensitivity towards her situation, Emily has now declared she is going to help stop this happening to others.
Emily stated: “I think it’s disgusting how some companies 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.
“She was a valued family member and companion, I grew up with her and developed a close relationship that only grew each day.
“It’s time companies acknowledged this and give people the time they need to grieve, with no worry of losing their job.”
Emily has created a petition which would enforce that employers update their policies and that bereavement leave also applies for people whose pets have passed away.
If you agree with Emily, make sure to sign the petition which has already gained 11,000 signatures over the course of four days.