In today's disheartening news, an Indianapolis educator was terminated after telling her employer she needed brain surgery in order to remove a tumor, Fox59 reports.
A lead afternoon pre-K teacher since September 2016, Amanda Anderson said her employer, Child Adult Resource Services (C.A.R.S.) in Mooresville, Indiana, fired her over the phone.
"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," Anderson said to Fox59. "Five minutes later I got a phone call that said my employment had been terminated."
Anderson said this is her lowest moment.
"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," Anderson said. "I'm already going through the worst time in my entire life."
Apparently, Anderson wasn't eligible for leave coverage since she hadn't been with the company long enough.
"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," said C.A.R.S. CEO Basil Weinman to Fox59. (Editor's note: Uh, what?) "You are welcome to reapply once whatever your life crisis is averted."
Furthermore, Weinman claims Anderson's termination was just "separation of employment."
"It's after their benefit time has expired," Weinman said. "And it's not termination, it's just separation of employment. We're not terminating like somebody has been terminated for poor job performance."
Anderson wasn't able to afford health insurance through C.A.R.S., which means she wasn't asking for assistance in covering the cost of surgery. The mother of two simply wanted reassurance that she'd still have her job once receiving her prognosis, or that the door would be open for her return.
Nevertheless, her family has set up a GoFundMe page for financial help. The description reads:
"Amanda's teaching position at the local headstart was immediately terminated due to hospitalization. This has not only devastated her, but has also put her in quite a pickle. Since she is a single mother, Amanda will need help financially with bills and to take care of her children until she can get back on her feet and back to work. If you are not able to donate anything monetary, that is okay. Then we ask for your many prayers and to become a warrior for Amanda's fight against this battle that she has been faced with."
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