A Florida mother, who is also a nurse, fled the state with her children when Hurricane Irma was barreling down on the Sunshine State. Now she claim that her decision to flee to safety costed her job.
Ami Honea’s neighborhood is in shambles and shows the damage done by the hurricane. She is not sorry for protecting her family, but she is shocked to have lost her job in doing so.
Honea said, “I did what I needed to do, for the safety of my children.”
Honea worked as a nurse at the Lake County Jail, a place that can’t just lock up and close during a hurricane. But she’s a single mom with a 17-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. She has no family in Florida, so when Irma started barreling toward the state, she decided to take her kids to Atlanta.
The drive lasted 22 hours
Honea said, “They (the kids) would’ve been left here in this house by themselves, in the storm, with the winds the way it was, with trees knocked down, power lines snapping.”
Honea said she told her boss she felt that her only option was to leave and that he never told her she would lose her job for it.
When she returned to work Monday, she was fired.
“There (are) no laws that protect an employee in that situation,” Hastings said.
Honea said the law isn’t fair to single parents.
She said, “I think the laws need to be changed because, for single moms especially, what are we supposed to do during a disaster situation like that with our children?”
Honea also said that she would have done the same thing over again. I don’t blame her! She did what she had to do in order to protect her family!
She concluded, “My kids are more important than my job.”