I was fired from my job during lockdown after my boss got sick of my kids during work calls as it ‘was not professional’

A WORKING mum-of-two claims she was fired from her job because her boss was sick of her young kids being around during work calls.

Dris Wallace, a mommy blogger and account executive from San Diego, California, starting working from home in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, while taking care of her two young kids – daughter Dani, four, and son Dylan, one. 

The mum, who'sknown as Modern Cali Mom online, admitted that her first week working from home was stressful, as her demanding job meant "multiple calls, emails and unrealistic expectations".

Writing an essay published by ScaryMommy.com, she explained that her role was to help her boss with their existing clients and obtain new clients – which meant lots of business calls during the day. 

She wrote: "The pressure from my boss was creating so much stress. The kids were always interrupting, and the baby wanted to nurse all the time. They constantly had to wait for me to finish getting something done so I could tend to their needs. My heart broke."

The mum-of-two said that she "worked tirelessly" to meet her deadlines, but her boss became frustrated when he could hear her children during their calls.


"He instructed me that on business calls with clients he did not want to hear the kids in the background," she explained. "He stated over and over that it was not professional to hear the kids in the background on client calls and that I had to figure out how to keep them quiet."

Realising she had to find a way to make it work, Dris said she even pushed her son's nap-time into the early afternoon – in an effort to appease her boss.

"I set the expectation with my boss that I would put him down for a nap and that I could be on client calls from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with minimal background noise," she said, " hoping my baby wouldn’t wake up in the middle of our calls."

He stated over and over that it was not professional to hear the kids in the background on client calls and that I had to figure out how to keep them quiet.

Feeling that was her only option, it didn't ease the pressure she was feeling from her boss, with Dris admitting "the stress and anxiety that my boss created for me was through the roof."

Despite her best efforts to juggle full-time work and parenting, her boss ignored her change in schedule and still arranged calls at lunchtime — when both of her kids were "hungry and impatient."

Dris insisted that she was still able to meet her deadlines and perform well, noting she never once received any complaints from her clients about her children.


This went on for two whole months before his frustration hit new hieghts in May, she said, when he told her she needed to "take care of [her] kid situation." 

Somewhat confused by the comment, Drisasked what he meant by his remark, explaining she can't just lock her kids in a room.

He told her to "figure it out", Dris claims, which left her feeling "demeaned and degraded"

"Would I win employee of the month in his book if I left my one-year-old in a room alone, crying, so that he could get his way?" she asked. "It’s disgusting."

As a results of the ongoing distractions, the mum-of-two was eventually assigned to do time management training but was again told they were "tired" of accommodating her.

Frustrated with the discrimination she was facing, Dris said she consultedthe human resources department for help in late May, but felt she was quickly dismissed and rushed off the phone.

She sent a follow-up email outlining the issue and a call was arranged to discuss the circumstances with HR at the start of June.

But rather than he,ping to find a solution, as she'd predicted,they instead told her they "should part ways," leaving Dris shocked and confused.

She claims that when she asked them what she did wrong, they backtracked and said "they were experiencing a reduced revenue due to COVID-19."

But the disappointed mum didn't by it. She said: " It was a clear, inconsistent excuse to cover up their illegal motivations. It’s also just not true because they continued to hire new positions after my termination, and the company leadership had committed to no layoffs during the pandemic."

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| My heart is exploding with all the support I have received from all over the WORLD🌏 from my injustice post from earlier this week♥️🙏😭. | . It was a tough decision to come out and share my story, but I have this social platform that I have created of women, many of them who are mothers , and I know that the journey that I have ahead of me I wanted to share with you all for emotional support👭👭👭👭👭 I do have an attorney to help me fight this injustice and I will share as much as I can as I fight for the emotional distress that I have endured as a working mother in corporate America since March 2020💔 Everyone is asking what they can do to help🙏 Sharing my story is all I can I ask for🙏♥️ . I appreciate all the comments and DMs of support 😭🙏 YOU all are why I started this page of mine a few years ago. To have a supportive community and also to influence women and mothers to not be afraid to stand up for what's right!👭👭👭👭👭 I always said I wanted to change the world for my babies and maybe this is where I start🌍🌍🌍🌍🌍 LOVE YOU♥️ xo, Dris

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| My heart is exploding with all the support I have received from all over the WORLD🌏 from my injustice post from earlier this week♥️🙏😭. | . It was a tough decision to come out and share my story, but I have this social platform that I have created of women, many of them who are mothers , and I know that the journey that I have ahead of me I wanted to share with you all for emotional support👭👭👭👭👭 I do have an attorney to help me fight this injustice and I will share as much as I can as I fight for the emotional distress that I have endured as a working mother in corporate America since March 2020💔 Everyone is asking what they can do to help🙏 Sharing my story is all I can I ask for🙏♥️ . I appreciate all the comments and DMs of support 😭🙏 YOU all are why I started this page of mine a few years ago. To have a supportive community and also to influence women and mothers to not be afraid to stand up for what's right!👭👭👭👭👭 I always said I wanted to change the world for my babies and maybe this is where I start🌍🌍🌍🌍🌍 LOVE YOU♥️ xo, Dris

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She explained that she felt"betrayed" having worked tirelessly for the company while taking care of her children on a full-time basis.

Drishopes to raise awareness about "gender discrimination and bias against mothers," and uses to popular Instagram page to speak candidly about the issue.

The influencer shared a snap with her 61k followers where she detailed being fired from her job.

In the photo,where she poses with her two children, her daughter is holding a letter board sign that reads: "My mommy got fired because her boss didn't want to hear me in the background."

And after details the series of events that led to her firing, she wrote: "They can keep the hush money they offered to not bring this up!

"No working mother should be discriminated against, especially during these times, for not being able to keep my one-year-old quiet for a business call. For not being able to turn something around in five minutes when my baby wants a snack.

"I'm going to fight for every mom that has gone through this! It's not okay!!! IT'S not OKAY to have to feel that your boss is making you pick your work over your kids during these times!!!"

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