Making It To Work Regardless of Conditions

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Most of us don't mind staying off the road and home from work and enjoying a snow day, but some employees are required to come to work even if road conditions are hazardous.

Faith Colpitts, who works at Allergy & Asthma Associates had two extra hours to get to work this morning because her company was on a two-hour delay.

"I don't like to drive in any winter weather, especially the ice is scary. When you're driving on the snow you know to drive a little slower, but with the ice, it's a little unpredictable," said Colpitts.

In her profession, health care, it's necessary to be open if at all possible.

"We know it's a priority to get here because we have patients and they have their own schedules to work with. We make every effort to be open, but we try to be reasonable to make sure that it's safe for our staff as well as our patients," said Dr. Steve Pence with Allergy & Asthma Associates.

Other business' may not be as reasonable, disciplining employees for missing work no matter the reason.

"Virginia is a right to work state, so workers can be fired with or without cause." said Steve Flora, who works at Blue Ridge Insurance Services.

He said most companies have an inclement weather policy which covers the company in these circumstances, but an employee may have to use a sick day or vacation day, or even worse risk their job.

"If it's bad weather, you need to make a decision whether you can chance it or not as an individual. The consequences will just be what they are," said Flora.

Luckily for Colpitts, she safely made it to work.

"I have two children at home as well, and I'm very grateful that Dr. Pence let us come in late. Not only for the staff, but the patients as well," said Colpitts.

Conditions should be okay overnight on the roads, but we have another round of wintry weather Tuesday just in time for the drive to work. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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