Jul 16, 2012 5:31 AM
The Franklin County Humane Society fired a teenager while she recovered from a serious automobile accident.
Beth Wallace, 19, suffered severe injuries in an accident on the Fourth of July. She lost control of her car, went off the road and slammed into a tree. The accident left her bedridden, recovering from her injuries.
Wallace says she earned a promotion with benefits as an office manager at the Franklin County Humane Society about eight months before the crash. But the Humane Society president let her go during a visit on Friday, leaving her with no job and mounting medical bills.
"I said, 'How long do I have?' And he said, 'Honestly, we can't hold your position another day.' So, he pretty much fired me on that spot."
The president later changed his story, saying he fired Wallace due to performance issues, not because she was out recovering from her injuries.
A spokesperson for the Franklin County Humane Society says the situation was "mishandled" and they regret that, but there is more to the story than they can release right now.
Wallace's story inspired a change.org petition. As of Monday morning, it already had 150 signatures.
You can check out the petition HERE.
Franklin County Humane Society spokesperson D'Arcy Robb released a statement Monday morning, saying, "As spokesperson for Franklin County Humane Society, I think I was quite candid when I said to LEX 18 last night that the termination of Ms. Wallace was badly mishandled. The fact of the matter is that the decision to terminate Ms. Wallace had been made shortly before her car accident. After the accident, in a misguided attempt at kindness, our board president thought it would be easier on Ms. Wallace if she was told that the humane society simply could not wait to fill her position. That was a serious error in judgment, which our president has since realized, and while we know it is a small gesture, he has apologized to Ms. Wallace and has explained to her the real story behind her performance-based termination. The board will be meeting tonight, and they will take up the matter to determine the best way to move forward in a way that is as fair as it can possibly be to all involved.
"We all deeply regret the pain and negative feelings this has caused. I ask that members of the public please not judge our humane society as a whole by this one serious mistake."