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Why GM's Decision To Fire 'Hero' Employee Was Understandable

| by Nicholas Roberts
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After valet attendant Didarul Sarder pulled out his concealed weapon to try to save a woman from being stabbed on Feb. 10, he was lauded as a hero by the mayor of Warren, Michigan. However, his employer did not see it that way, and Sarder was fired within moments of the dramatic incident.

And ultimately, while Sarder's actions were indeed heroic, the decision to fire him at the time was also the right one.

Sarder's employer does contract work, and he began working at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren in December 2015, WJBK reports. Sarder says he was never informed about the company's no-gun policy, but he was immediately fired by a GM employee after the incident.

"He said: 'You shouldn't have had a firearm here. After this is done, he needs to be escorted off the property. He's not welcome back here.' I was really bummed out. I got a little emotional," Sarder told WJBK.

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It is fair for the GM employee to have assumed Sarder would be familiar with the company policy on firearms. Also, if the GM employee did not see what was happening during the incident, they cannot be blamed for not having the same sense of urgency in responding to it that Sarder did.

The situation has been resolved in any case, as Sarder was rehired after GM managers reversed the unpopular decision to fire him, The Washington Post reports.

“Because this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment,” GM officials said in a statement, according to WJBK. "However, we can say GM has not requested the valet be dismissed. To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor."

In retrospect, Sarder's quick thinking probably saved the victim's life and was by all means a heroic act.  

But because carrying a weapon while on the clock violates company policy, it is understandable that Sarder would have been fired. Ultimately, common sense prevailed.

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Sources: The Washington Post, WJBK / Photo Credit: WJBK

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