A New Hampshire father says he was fired from his job for missing work to attend the birth of his son, according to the Concord Monitor.
Lamar Austin, a part-time security guard in Manchester, said that although his wife, Lindsay, was in her second day of early labor, his boss told him he would be fired if he didn’t come to work.
“I thought, ‘Family comes before anything else,’” Austin told the Monitor. “I’m not going to turn my back on them for a job.”
The couple’s son, Cainan Austin, was born at 7:44 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making him the first baby born in the Granite State’s capital city in 2017.
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That same day, Austin said he received a text from his boss saying that he had been terminated.
“It was hard, but if I have to choose between work and family, I’m always going to pick my family,” he said. “Sometimes you lose something, and you get something even better.”
Lindsay said she was surprised her son was born on his due date.
“We were laughing about having the first baby of the year,” she said. “We never thought it would actually happen.”
The couple said their other children are looking forward to meeting their brother.
“We always used to joke about having 10 kids when we first got together, but I think we’re going to be taking a break for a while after this one,” Lindsay said.