Woman Is ‘Fired From Her Job’ After Asking To Have The Day Off To Grieve Pet Dog Who Passed Away

A distraught teenager from Scotland has shared the treatment she received from her employers after she claimed she was fired from her sandwich shop job for gross misconduct simply because she couldn’t bare to work when her beloved 14-year-old dog died.

Emma McNulty who is now campaigning for bereavement leave for employees who lose their pets as she went through a terrible experience and was left “disgusted” when her employers showed the worker absolutely compassion when her Yorkshire Terrier Millie passed away… the food restaurant told her that if she couldn’t find cover for her shift then she would be fired.

The Scottish teenager messaged her local sandwich shop in Baillieston, Scotland at 10 in the morning to explain to them that she was far too upset to work her 3pm shift.. they made her life very difficult and told her if she found no cover then they would fire her.

Emma explained:

“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.”

When Emma broke the news about being unable to find a replacement for her shift, she was told not to come in for the rest of her shifts that week and was later informed over email that she had been fired due to gross misconduct.

Emma added:

“I was sacked on the same day as I lost my dog. Milly was 14 and I am 18, so I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t part of my life.

“We did everything together. I was so close to her and she was my best pal.”

As it stands, Arbitration service Acas states that an employee has the right to time off to deal with an emergency if it involves a spouse, partner, parent, child or grandchild.

This doesn’t mean a pet is included in this, but it’s not unheard of for humans to suffer extreme physical symptoms after a pet dies. It’s a very distressing time.

The New England Journal of Medicine stated that a woman experienced “broken heart syndrome” after her pet had died.

The syndrome is a severe response to grief that the person shows symptoms that mimic a heart attack… it’s means people expeirence “elevated hormone levels that can be 30 times greater than normal.”

Since her awful experience, Emma has started a petition asking employers to recognise pet bereavement.

The teenager has received 9,500 signatures of the 10,000 needed on her online change.org petition.

The petition reads:

“I recently lost my dog, a valued family member and companion, I grew up with her and developed a close relationship that only grew each day.

“I think it’s disgusting how some company’s 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.

“It’s time companies acknowledged this and give people the time they need to grieve with no worry of losing their job.”

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