One person telecommuting during confinement (illustration). - RAPHAEL BLOCH
Drisana Rios, a Californian mother of two, sues her former employer after losing her job. She claims to have been laid off because her children were making too much noise when she telecommuted.
She accuses the insurer HUB International of "unfair dismissal" and "gender discrimination," reports ABC News. The complainant shared on Instagram how she was thanked.
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| 28 days ago I finally had enough of the 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 that my boss was giving me for him not being okay with hearing my kids in the background on calls. | 😭😡😖💔. He wanted me to figure out a way to keep the kids quiet 😣. I went to Human Resources with proof of what was going for the last 3 months and 7 days later AFTER that 𝗜 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 !!!! 😭 They told me that I should be happy that the outcome to my career there could have been worse. I'm crying as I type this ... 😭 I was told I had a bright future. That I was doing very well in my position! 💔💔💔😭💔😭. The last 3 months I have worked around the clock from home while watching my two toddlers😭. I have met all the deadlines they have asked me for, even the unrealistic ones. The situation that I had endured the last 3 months is beyond stressful😭. How does a company that says that they understand and will work around the schedule of parents do the complete opposite with their actions? 😭 I'm devastated. I have poured hours, tears, sweats, delayed giving my child a snack when he wanted one because my boss needed me to do something right away. And what did I get in return? 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗗 !!! 😭😭😭😭😭 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. They can keep the 𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗵 money they offered to not bring this up🚫🛑✋! No working mother should be discriminated against, especially during these times for not being able to keep my 𝟭 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗲𝘁 for a business call 😡For not being able to turn something around in 5 minutes when my baby wants a snack😡. We are in tough times right now. This situation would have been temporary. None of my clients had issues with my kids in the background. 𝗜'𝗺 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀! 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗸𝗮𝘆 !!! 💪. IT'S NOT OKAY to have to feel that your boss is making you pick your work over your kids during these times !!! 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗞𝗔𝗬 !!! #justice
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Dismissed seven days after complaining
"28 days ago, I finally got tired of the discrimination I was subjected to by my boss because he did not accept to hear my children in the background during our calls, a she wrote on June 24. […] I have provided human resources with proof of what has been going on for three months. Seven days later, I was fired! On the social network, Drisana Rios insists on the efforts made during the period when she was working from home because of the health crisis linked to the coronavirus.
The American continued to work, sometimes until late at night, while looking after her 4 and 1 year old children who she could not have looked after. "I always finished on time, even when they were not reasonably tenable," says Drisana Rios. The conditions I have endured for the past three months are more than stressful. ”
"I will fight for all the mothers who have experienced this"
She claims to have refused money in exchange for her silence. "I will fight for all the mothers who have experienced this!" It is unacceptable! Denounces the Californian. It is not acceptable to feel that your boss forces you to prefer your work to your children in the period that we are going through. "
HUB International has told ABC News that it does not wish to speak on pending legal proceedings. The company was, however, pleased to have succeeded in teleworking 90% of its more than 12,000 employees.
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