A women’s group is urging consumers to call Whole Foods Market today to protest the retailer’s decision to fire an employee for calling out of work to care for her child on a day his school was closed for a weather emergency. 


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“Whole Foods’ policy explicitly allows for absences during a metro-wide weather disaster,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, the group organizing the protest, said in a statement. “It violates its own rules, but it’s also morally wrong. No parent should have to choose between leaving their kid at home alone and losing [her] job.”

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UltraViolet is urging consumers to call Whole Foods' human resources department and ask for employee Rhiannon Brosschat’s reinstatement. It is also urging the retailer to adjust its time off policy to include family sick leave. The group has a petition on its website.

According to reports, Whole Foods has said that employees in its Midwest region, where Brosschat worked, are allowed up to six unexcused absences before they're terminated, with missed shifts being excused if they can get someone to cover for them.

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