Woman sends husband to Iraq, gets fired


That’s a nonstory without some more evidence. It’s literally he said / she said drama. It also doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the war.

The lady took a week off, her bosses fired her in the middle of it and now there seems to be a discrepancy about whether or not the entire week off was approved.

Prior to leaving, Boler met with her supervisors and assured them that she would return to work no later than Tuesday, Oct. 18. But when she returned to her home on Monday, drained from the emotionally exhausting long weekend, she received an angry phone call from BMA, informing her she’d be getting a pink slip – not sympathy. “It was a shock,” Boler told AP reporters. “I was hurt. I felt abandoned by people I thought cared for me.” But Clark Galloway, vice president of operations for BMA, defends the company’s decision, claiming he felt they had already given Boler “sufficient time to get back to work.”
The above snippet is the only data relevant to the story, the rest is unrelated war stuff.

I think the paragraph(s) preceding the one you quoted are evidential and relevant as well.

I do agree though, this has little to do with the war. If the woman has a valid case, she should sue for wrongful dismissal. The circumstances just make the story more unfortunate.


According to an Associated Press report released Wednesday evening, Boler was sacked from her position as a receptionist at the Caledonia, Mich.-based Benefit Management Administrators on Oct. 17, after taking an unpaid leave of absence in order to bid farewell to Jerry, her husband of 22 years, as his National Guard unit shipped out to Iraq.

Boler, 40, describes herself as “a reliable employee with good work habits,” who earned $9 an hour “answering telephones, entering claims information and greeting visitors and clients.” In the month leading up to her husband’s deployment, Boler admits she was “anxious and distracted,” but – as a story in the Grand Rapids Press notes – her work was apparently not so impaired as to prevent BMA from sending her a note on Sept. 6, “congratulating her for a year of service with the firm” and thanking her for “knowledgeable contributions” to the company. Boler claims to have requested – and been granted – an unpaid week off work to prepare for her husband’s departure and to travel to Indianapolis, where his company was scheduled to leave for Fort Dix en route to Iraq.
Yeah, I probably should’ve quoted the part about her believing she had a week off. Sorry.