Should going to jail be an excused absence from work?

United States
July 25, 2007 3:14pm CST
I have managed a restaurant where the employees think this is the case. I disagree. I see this as a dependability issue, and I need people who I know are going to show up for work everyday. I don't see how going to jail can be considered an excused absence.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Jul 07
Well do you expect him to break out of jail and come back to work? I do not think you should be condoning the crime. If however he was offered probation and refused because he could get free room and board in the joint, then that would be that jail would be an excuse.
• United States
25 Jul 07
I don't expect people to break out of jail to get to work. I expect them not to go in the first place. As Chris Rock said, "Your not supposed to go to jail!"
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@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
25 Jul 07
If I owned a restaurant and my staff were going to jail I would be questioning the character of the staff member!! I dont think that this is a good excuse not to turn up to work at all! If I was sent to jail the last person I would want to tell is my employer (not that I would ever get sent to jail!)
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Geez, some employees will try anything, lol. No, I don't think it should ever be an excused absence. They did something wrong that landed them there, that is not your problem as a manager. It's time they own up to the problems they are causing themselves and learn what it is to be a responsible employee. I agree with you, it shows that they have dependability issues.
• United States
27 Jul 07
More than just being a responsible employee, how about being a responsible human being.