(Update: Amy’s surgery isn’t scheduled until April 19. I’ve amended the opening paragraph to reflect such. This is why you shouldn’t write provocative stories without a few hours of research, everyone. Thanks to Si Robins and Amy Donohue for the correction.)
Local comedienne and former Gannett Local employee Amy Donohue recently donated a kidney to a woman she’d never met. She took time off work to do so, but needed a bit more time than planned for testing to make sure Anuradha Dwived wouldn’t reject the organ that saved her life.
Local comedienne and former Gannett Local employee Amy Donohue recently pledged to donate a kidney to a woman she’d never met. She exhausted her sick and vacation leave, but needed more time for tests to make sure Anuradha Dwived didn’t reject the organ meant to save her life.
Amy almost used up her sick and vacation days, and donations will help cover the rest of her unpaid time off after the operation. But that wasn’t enough for Gannett Local, who let her go yesterday because she wasn’t able to make her sales quota. While this certainly was completely within Gannett Local’s rights, it seems a very crappy thing to do.
When I had to have surgery to remove a pilonidal cyst a few years ago, I took two separate leaves of almost five weeks apiece from Pearson Education. They, and I’m very grateful to them for this, paid for all my surgeries and 75% of my salary while I was on leave. While my case was a little bit different than Amy’s, I can’t imagine why a company would let someone go who willingly risked their life to save another’s. Seems they should be given an award for such.
As a freelancer, I definitely don’t have the luxury for paid time off, nor do most small business owners. But if I HAD employees, I don’t see why I wouldn’t at least keep an employee on payroll, even if I wasn’t paying them while they weren’t working. Also, doesn’t a company like Gannett Local have the resources to cover this? While they claim to be a startup, their parent company surely isn’t hurting so badly they need to lay off an employee recovering from life-giving and life-threatening surgery.
Sounds like Gannett Local needs a good PR team. I bet someone here knows a PR company willing to represent companies like this.
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