No-show, no job

The home of Woodbourne Kennels.
The home of Woodbourne Kennels.

Tropical Storm Chantal has claimed her first known “victim” in Barbados.

He is Carlos Cox, who was fired for not reporting for duty on the day authorities shut down the country as Chantal passed north of the island.

Not only is the husband and father of two boys now on the “breadline”, there is unlikely to be any recourse, in that the new Employment Rights Act does not protect him, because he was on probation and had worked with the business, Woodbourne Boarding and Rescue Kennels, in St. Philip, for less than one year.

“The country was shut down and I had my family to look after. My boys were not well. Besides, I live in Rendezvous, Christ Church and the work place is in St. Philip,” Cox pointed out.

“There is no bus running directly there, and in any case, the Transport Board buses were not running (service resumed at 2 p.m.). Even after the all-clear, we were told not to leave home.”

He argued too, that his working hours were 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and even after the all-clear at around 11 a.m., Transport Board buses did not come back on line for almost three hours.

“A message (from Manager Dorine Boyce) was left on my phone. It said: ‘It’s not going to work. We need reliable people’. I called back and asked, ‘What do you mean reliable?'” reported the Christ Church resident. “‘What other complaints do you have about me. I ever was late?’ She said no,” Cox told Barbados TODAY. “She lives on site; she doesn’t have to walk anywhere.”

Cox said his duties at Woodbourne Boarding and Rescue Kennels included feeding the dogs and cleaning the kennels.

Manager Dorine Boyce admitted that she had fired Cox “because he never informed me he was not coming out”.

“One of the things we said is that you have to be reliable. When the all-clear was given at 11 a.m., I still did not hear from him. I had to call him at around 4 o’clock,” stated Boyce.

Asked if it mattered that the man had a family to look after during a risky period, the manager replied: “So what are we to do? What we supposed to do with the animals? You are making a mountain out of a molehill. Make what you want of it. I’m sorry.”

5 Responses to No-show, no job

  1. SS July 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    You reap much more than what you sow….her day will come and I hope when it gets here she can handle it!

  2. J. Payne July 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Hmmm. Someone doesn’t go from zero to probation just so. There def. has to be more to this story.

    • Sa'id Abdul-Rahman July 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Probation could also mean that he recently got the job and was being evaluated. The fact that she is quoted as saying “we need reliable people” could support that theory. Regardless of his circumstances, however, he was fired for not walking to work (from Rendevous to St. Philip) while the country was under a Tropical Storm Warning.

  3. karen sandiford July 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    This lady for real she’s heartless not human,in a storm family comes first. For him God will take care don’t worry,better on the way.

  4. Kimmie July 13, 2013 at 7:33 am

    God eyes sees everything so what I will tell that the gentleman is to pray for those who wrong you he will give you double blessings for your trouble.


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