It’s A Hard Knock Life Foreal: Homeless Woman Fired From Job Before Ever Starting

March 29, 2013  |  

A KFC franchise in Tupelo, Mississippi is in some hot water over the hiring and firing of 59 year-old Eunice Jasica. Once a former bus driver and department store security associate, Jasica fell on hard times becoming homeless in December 2012. She lost her job, home, and livelihood, and in efforts to get back on her feet, Jasica found housing at a nearby Salvation Army where she applied for employment eventually landing an offer earlier this month in food prep.

Her hopes of a new start however would quickly dwindle as franchise owner Chesley Ruff informed her upon arrival for duty she would not have employment with the fast food chain. “He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” notes Jasica. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”

Why would the general manager offer employment to a homeless woman for the franchise owner to fire her? The Clarion-Ledge reports Ruff claimed he never extended employment though signed documents from the general manager prove otherwise.

Since the story broke, Ruff’s story has changed citing fear of commitment due to lack of proper housing and transportation. Then he altered his excuse yet again saying Jasica had no prior food prep experience and was “too elderly” to possibly perform necessary duties.

Perhaps Ruff would have been better off not saying anything at all? Do you think he has justified concerns, or has a wrongful termination suit on his hands?

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