PLACERVILLE, Calif. (CBS13) – A former worker at a Sleep Train distribution center says he was fired after answering an emergency phone call regarding Wednesday’s deadly Placer County school shooting.
David Farely said a manager saw him answering the phone call from Placerville Union School District officials after Sierra Elementary School was locked down late Wednesday morning.
Officials instituted the emergency measures after Principal Sam LaCara was shot and killed at Louisiana Schnell Elementary, about a mile away from Sierra Elementary. Farely’s wife is a teacher at the school and his son is a student.
Farely said company managers told him the phone call broke company policy and led to the termination of his employment.
“In my mind, it was an emergency phone call,” Farely said. “It wasn’t just any ordinary phone call from a buddy or something like that. It was my family situation.”
Farely said he was employed for Sleep Train for five years. A safety violation in recent months left him on probation, but Farely said he shouldn’t have been fired for taking a phone call about his family.
Sleep Train representatives said they cannot comment on personnel issues, but added that all regulations are designed to promote safety.