Military mom loses job after taking care of injured son

Claire LeMoine says she was unfairly fired

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 5:11pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB)--The mother of an injured soldier is speaking out after she says she was fired for taking time off to be with her son.

Claire LeMoine worked as an assistant for Baton Rouge attorney Norma Beedle up until late September of this year. LeMoine says that's when her 20 year old son Robert was shot while on duty in Afghanistan.

LeMoine says she spent two weeks with him while he recovered in Maryland. And when she came back LeMoine says her job wasn't waiting for her.

"I'm frustrated that I have a son who was protecting this country and who was wounded and he may feel like he is to blame for me losing my job," Lemoine says.

Beedle wasn't at her office when FOX44 tried to contact her. Several calls also went unanswered.

Federal law exempts small businesses from having to give unpaid leave in this situation--so the whole thing is legal.

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