Teen fired from takeaway after being too distraught to work after dog’s death
14th August 2019

A grief-stricken teenager is campaigning for employers to give bereavement leave to pet owners after she was refused a day off and sacked when her beloved dog died.

Emma McNulty rang her fast food chain bosses and told them she wouldn't be able to work her shift as she was too upset following the death of her Yorkshire Terrier, Milly, that morning.

But she was "disgusted" at their response and instead of receiving sympathy, claims she was told she would face disciplinary action if she didn't come to work.

The 18-year-old, from Baillieston, Scotland, says she was then sacked causing her even more distress, as well as feeling "physically sick" at losing her "best friend" of 14 years. 

She told Glasgow Live : "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."

Emma had been due to start work at 3pm on Saturday, but says she messaged her manager at 10am and was told it was her responsibility to find cover, or else she'd face disciplinary action.

After her search for a replacement was unsuccessful, Emma claims she was told not to bother coming in for her shifts the rest of the week, before being informed over email that she had been fired due to gross misconduct.

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