I work as and independent contractor for a courier service. I work m-f delivering, must wear a uniform, have a scheduled start time (but no end time), no sick days, no insurance & no vacation (paid or unpaid). I have not missed a day of work for almost 2 years.
My mother (age 70) lives in another country & has been staying with me for the past week. She takes medication for a heart condition & this morning we were afraid she was having a heart attack. I called my boss to tell him I wouldn't be at work because I needed to go to the ER. He argued with me for 20 minutes saying I couldn't miss work, i was not entitled to a day off, I should have given them more notice, etc. Basically if I didn't come to work I was fired.
Can he do this? Now I have a $5000 hospital bill and no job? Help!
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