Is it legal to fire a mom for calling in because she has to take a sick baby to the doctor or hospital?

My grandaughter just called me very upset she texted her manager and told her that she could not make it in until late because she had to take her baby (6 months old) to the doctor because he has a very high temp and a bad cough that sounds like pneumonia The only appointment they had was 5:45 and she was suppose to be in work at 5:00). I think she should take the baby to the hospital he is that sick from what she tells me. her manager told her if she didn’t come in she wouldn’t have a job she would get a no show. I am very upset that this chain let’s managers get away with this. My grandaughter has worked for 12 days straight (she is only part time) and now calls in because of a sick baby and is threatened to be fired. Is this legal or do we have to go to elsewhere about this situation?

Asked on February 27, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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