OKC Man Says He Was Fired For Leaving Work To Check On Family After Tornado

Monday, May 27th 2013, 9:50 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma City man says a local liquor distributorship fired him last week for leaving work to check on his family after the tornado.

James Davis worked at Action Wholesale Liquor off 59th Street and Sunnylane in Oklahoma City. He says he rushed home minutes after the tornado hit, because he was worried about his 12-year-old niece and his grandfather, who were home alone.

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Davis says when he returned to work, he was sent home, then fired, when he reported to work two days later.

Davis says he was ten years old when the May 3rd 1999 tornado narrowly missed his parents' house.

"I worked my butt off over there. All my managers can vouch for me. Losing my job sucks, because I need the money," said Davis. "He said basically they had to make an example out of me."

Danny Shadid, attorney for Action Wholesale Liquor, told News 9 that "What [James Davis] has told you is not the accurate truth. We stand by and maintain the policies that are in place for the safety of our employees."