Mother Fired After Taking Time Off To Give Her Son A Kidney -- Put Back On Salary

[UPDATE: Sept. 15] The Philadelphia aviation school has agreed to resume paying Claudia Rendon, the women the company fired last week for taking time off to donate one of her kidneys to her ailing son.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance has already filled Rendon's post, but has agreed to pay her salary until another position opens up, reports.

"We had time to reconsider," said Kyle Berry, the supervisor who fired Rendon. "It was simply a mistake."

Still, the gesture isn't the same as giving Rendon her job back, Berry conceded.

"No, it's according to our policy and procedure," Berry told the TV station.

Claudia Rendon has had a bad year. First, her mother passed away, and then her father was diagnosed with leukemia. Soon after, her uncle passed, and finally her son's kidneys failed.

When it came to this last tragedy, however, Rendon could do something about it. She donated one of her kidneys and saved her child's life. But when she tried to return to work after the ordeal, her family had to face another blow: her company had hired somebody else, reports Fox 29.

The Philadelphia mother had used up her vacation time to be with her own mother during her final days. So when she requested a leave of absence for the organ transplant, her boss at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance made her sign a paper that said her job would not be guaranteed. Sure enough, it wasn't.

Even as a Fox 29 reporter, with cameras in tow, hounded Rendon's former supervisor, telling him American viewers might see his action as "heartless," the man refused to comment, and asked them to please leave.

If Rendon had worked for a company that had 50 or more employees in a 75-mile radius, the Family Medical Leave Act would have protected her job for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. But that law does not apply to a smaller employer like the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. The logic of the law is that such an absence would be a more difficult financial blow to a smaller firm.

While an unimaginably difficult year for Rendon ended in another injustice, albeit a legal one, the more important story of her life right now has a happy ending. Her son is doing well.

"She saved my life basically," Alex Rendon told Fox 29. "Who else can say their mom gave them life two times?"

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Unemployment Application: Question - (1) REASON FOR LEAVING LASTJOB - answer: Fired for taking time off after surgery to donate a kidney to my dying son!

September 16 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Give her her job back. People all over this country work jobs as temporary employees. Why didn't you hire her replacement as one? Shame shame on this company.

September 16 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ms. deserve better than that company!!! I am sorry for all of your loss and hope that God blesses you in all the ways that YOU truly deserve!!! Shame on those employers...people like those are the ones that I believe are morally bankrupt!!!

September 16 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

That's what's wrong with the U.S. anyone who tries to do something good is stepped on.

September 16 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I wonder who edits these articles! "....paying Claudia Rendon, the women the company fired last week for taking time off to donate one of her kidneys to her ailing son..... "
THE WOMEN....I thought there was only ONE WOMAN.....Oh well.....

September 16 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This company is on the grounds of NE Philly Airport and is a pain in the neck to the entire area! They fly their copters very low, causing more noise than necessary, very early in the morning and late PM/after midnight!! I hope they get a lot of bad press from this! What an idiotic thing for any company of any size to do. But this has become the American Way of doing business,

September 16 2011 at 11:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Something positive for the media!!!!! Just think if they did that more and more!!

September 16 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Any way you cut it the guy's still a scumbag. The only thing he "reconsidered" was the public's outcry and the fact that they may lose an order. His company's procedures are for the rank-and-file and a mother that donates a kidney to her son is certainly way above that level.

September 16 2011 at 11:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Why would you even want to go back to work for a company like that?

September 16 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hey congress take more power away from the NLB because companies always do the right thing BS

September 16 2011 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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