Fired for What?

Firing employees based on a a policy violation without considering the entirety of the situation has always bothered me.

Refuse to let people use common sense, and you are often left with a mess.

Here is a prime example:

A school bus driver on Long Island is fighting to regain his job after being fired last week for being a Good Samaritan, apparently against company policy.

George Daw claimed he was terminated because he helped three Nassau County police detectives during last Monday's hail and rain storm.

"I felt this was something anyone would do under the circumstances," said Daw, 58.

Daw was driving a mini-bus carrying a teenage passenger and a bus matron last Monday as golf ball-size hail and torrential rain pelted New Hyde Park. On Hillside Avenue, Daw came upon on a stalled unmarked police car carrying detectives, according to Detective Lt. Raymond Cote. The car had been filling with water.

"They're saying, you've got to help us, you've got to help us," said Daw. "You've got to get us to the third precinct. We're police officers."

Daw did just that, pushing through the flood waters to pick up the detectives and deliver them to their precinct.

"I felt they were in danger," explained Daw.

Daw's employer, Educational Bus Transport of Copiague, didn't agree.

After Daw filed a report about what happened, he was terminated from his job of nine months.

Company paperwork supplied by Daw showed he was fired in part because he violated policy prohibiting drivers from picking up unscheduled passengers...

So canning a worker who was helping stranded motorists during a hail storm is the type of media story that you want to link your firm to Mr. and Mrs. bus company executives?

Forget that those helped were police detectives.

What if the stranded driver and passengers were elderly folks or a parent with two small children?

Would the employee still have been fired? They still would have violated the same company policy, right?

I hope Mr. Daw finds a much better job--one with wise executives who will recognize and reward his willingness to help someone else in need.


Elena said...


Mommy Lisa said...

Common Sense - I fear is dying out.

terri said...

What is the world coming to when someone is penalized for helping others in need? Seriously?

Momma Fargo said...

Scary that any part of that makes sense to the company. They should have embraced the fact their bus driver was kind and helped out. No harm and no foul. They should have taken that as positive PR for their company and thanks to the driver. I guess if people are in trouble or dying these days, we should just turn our head or duck into our turtle shell. With decisions like this, it is no wonder America is her own worst enemy.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

That's crazy! If for no other reason, you'd think they'd rehire him just because it's bad publicity!

Brian Miller said...

ugh happens though...and really the driver should take this to the press and see what the company thinks then...

Jen said...

I'd be more concerned that he drove through the water. That could have been a deadly mistake. He's probably better off working for a company that deosn't fire people for such things. Too bad the poor economy makes it so difficult to get a job elsewhere, or I'd say just go.

Audrey Allure said...

That just isn't right!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Um, yeah- that's truly ridiculous in every sense of that word. That reminds me of this story from my neck of the woods: The employee "followed protocol" but really??? Sounds like a horrible person to me.

Lisa said...

I actually have this in a post i plan to post shortly! Ironically, it deals with common sense...or the lack thereof.