A military veteran who was fired from his security guard job after missing work for the birth of his son has been flooded with new job offers and says he has no regrets.
Lamar Austin received a text from employer Salerno Protective Services on New Year's Day telling him he was 'terminated', after he took two days off to be with his wife, Lindsay, as they welcomed their baby Cainan into the world.
The 30-year-old, who was on a 90 day trial with the security firm, was devastated when he learned he had lost his job but says that his family always came first.
'I thought, 'I'm just going to do what I feel is right for my family,' and that's it,' he told the Huffington Post
Since news of his firing broke, Austin has been flooded with job offers from people moved by his story.
Lamar Austin, pictured with his wife Lindsay and their four children including tiny baby Cainan, was fired from his security guard job when he took two days off for the birth of his child
And the father-of-four has decided to take up one of the offer; an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Concord, after business manager Denis Beaudoin reached out.
'That's the one I'm going to pursue,' he said.
In the meantime, Austin and his family have been getting financial support from strangers who read about his story and wanted to help.
'No one should have to choose between their family and their job, said Sara Persechino, who does not know the family but set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised more than $8,000 for the Austins.
'Welcoming a new baby to a family should be a joyous time. This GoFundMe is an effort to ease any financial pressures they may be facing as they welcome a new member into their family and experience the unexpected loss of income.'
The Austin family has thanked everyone for their donations, in particular 'Persechino for having a warm heart to do this for a complete stranger. It is highly appreciated by our family.'
The 30-year-old, (pictuerd with his family, who was on a 90 day trial with the security firm, was devastated when he learned he had lost his job but says that his family always came first
Austin added that if faced with the same scenario, he would do it all over again.
He has even decided to keep wearing his hospital emergency room bracelet in honor of the special day until it falls off naturally.
New Hampshire is an 'at-will employment' state, which means that an employer or employee can terminate their contract at any time and for any reason, with few exceptions.
Salerno Protective Services president and CEO Anthony Salerno refused to comment on firing Austin, telling the Concord that: 'Being shrouded in confidentiality we are unable to comment until all business with Mr. Austin has been concluded.
'SPS is not in the practice of releasing employees for reasons stated in the article you published but must be cognizant of the product we give our clients!'
Austin was expected to be on call 24/7 as part of his 90 day trial period after he was hired last month.
He told the Monitor that the company, which provides security to clients including stores and college campuses, told him they were looking for 'dependable people'.
The father-of-four told the newspaper that he hadn't missed a shift during the trial period, but on one occasion on December 28, he was unable to cover for another employee.
Austin, 30, was fired by his employer, Salerno Protective Services, in a text message after he attended the birth of his child born at the Concord Hospital (above)
He told the company that he needed to go to a doctor's appointment with his wife, who gave birth to Cainan, the first child born in Concord, New Hampshire, in 2017.
Austin was then scheduled to work on Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31.
But he missed both days when his wife went into labor.
'I didn't want to make it seem like I'm trying to miss work or something,' Austin told the Monitor.
'The second day I told my boss, 'My wife is still in labor,' and he just said, 'you're forcing my hand, if you aren't in work by 8 tomorrow we are going to terminate you.''
Austin received a text at 1am on New Year's Day that read: 'As of now, you are terminated.'
'I looked at it and I was like, 'Wow. OK, cool,' and that was about it for me,' he said.
Austin told the Monitor that he responded to the text with 'ok'.
'I was in the hospital, it was a long night, and I wasn't trying to argue with nobody about a job while my wife was in labor,' he said.
Austin, who served in the US Army for more than three years, has also gotten at least three job offers since the incident.