Wall of Shame: Mom Fired For Taking Daughter to Work on National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
By Gina Carroll on May 19, 2010
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What do you think Precious Harvey learned when she went to work with her mother this past April 22nd for National Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day? Precious was supposed to learn, according to the stated mission of the National Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day Foundation, the value of her education and the “power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.” The experience is supposed to provide kids like Precious:
... an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment... (www.daughtersandsonstowork.org)
Qwedra Evans, Precious’ mother, clearly embraced the value of the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. According to her statement to the Flint Journal, it was not the first time she brought her 11-year-old daughter to her job at the Check ’n Go on the designated day. This year, however, it cost her her job. Evans was fired for failing to follow company policy which prohibits employee guests, particularly in certain restricted areas of the workplace. A spokesman for the employer said that the policy was well established and known by all who worked there. Evans told WNEM TV5 (click for video) that she and other employees were allowed exceptions on numberous occasions.
So instead of the positive lessons she could have learned with her mother that day, Precious, who witnessed her mother's firing, learned the often harsh realities of life, parenting and work, and how quickly one mistake, misunderstanding or unfair enforcement of policy can change all three at once.
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