The county’s sheriff’s department says more than 200 officers at the Chicago jail were missing for the morning shift on Sunday, Mother’s Day, while the rest called out for evening shifts.
The staggering number of absent employees forced the jail to be placed on lockdown with ‘movement’ allowed only in the case of medical emergencies.
According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the number of officers missing for the 7am to 3pm shift amounted to 32 per cent of the guard staff assigned to
Around 86 called in sick to explain their absence while 120 invoked the Family Medical Leave Act – the federal law that requires employers provide leave for some medical reasons.work.
Another 154 informed the jail they wouldn’t be coming to work for the shift that starts later in the day.
Officials speculated that the holiday, combined with the nice weather, explained the light attendance.