A man who was fired from his job for being present at the birth of his son, instead of at work, has received an outpouring of support and new job offers after word spread of his predicament.
Lamar Austin, who worked for Salerno Protective Services, a private security group for college campuses and shops, was in the middle of his 90-day trial period and was expected to be on call day and night.
But Mr Austin, of New Hampshire USA, received a text informing him he was "terminated", after he was unable to start his weekend shift due to his wife, Lindsay, going into labour – which lasted from Friday evening until Sunday morning.
When local newspaper the Concord Monitor reported the story, former town board member and paid family leave advocate Sara Persechino, launched a GoFundMe campaign for him and his family.
"I don't think they should have to be worrying about financial issues right now; it should be a joyful time for them," she said. "I don't think anyone should ever have to choose between their family and their job."
"Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better," Mr Austin told the Monitor.
In addition to the public support, Mr Austin has received three job offers, as well as an apprenticeship offer from his local branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Speaking to the Monitor, Mr Austin's former employer said "[Salerno Protective Services] is not in the practice of releasing employees stated in the article you published but must be cognizant of the product we give our clients!"
Whatever that means.