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Over 200 Chicago correctional officers call in sick for Mother’s Day prompting lockdown

May 15, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Over 200 Chicago correctional officers call in sick for Mother’s Day prompting lockdown

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Chicago correctional officers at the Cook County jail seem adamant about spending time with their moms on Mother’s Day.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department announced that more than 200 officers at the county detention center called out sick or invoked the Family Medical Leave Act, a federal law that requires employers provide leave for some medical reasons — to explain their mass absence on Sunday, which also happened to be Mother’s Day.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the mass call-out prompted Cook County Jail officials to place the facility on lockdown due to Sunday’s low staffing numbers.

Moreover, the department revealed another 154 employees informed the jail they wouldn’t be coming to work for the later shift.

“The extraordinary number of call outs places additional pressure on the men and women of the Sheriff’s office who come to work as scheduled,” Cook County Department officials said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jail officials speculated that Mother’s Day combined with the nice weather could have been the reason for the light attendance. Last Mother’s Day, dozens of Chicago correctional officers also called out of work and on May 2, 2015, the same day of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega fight, more than 640 officers called in sick.

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