Mom Denied Work Flexibility Asks for a Leave of Absence—And Is Fired. Now She’s Suing

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Nearly a year into the pandemic, employers ought to recognize the toll this crisis is taking on working parents. One mom, however, didn’t get the support she needed from her manager when she asked for some flexibility; instead, she was fired.

Nimyah Jones-LaCroix is a Queens, New York City-based mom and formerly a contract manager at Socure, a financial services company. Nimyah and her computer engineer husband have been working remotely while managing distance learning for their two kids since March to protect their elderly parents, who also live with them, the New York Post reports.

Balancing full-time work and distance learning for her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter proved to be too difficult after six months—Nimyah asked her manager if she could switch to a flexible schedule in early September 2020.

“I’d be reviewing a contract that I need to turn around ASAP,…

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