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Fired Dad Would Not Return Even If Company Offered to Rehire Him

May 5, 1995

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A man fired on Take Our Daughters to Work Day _ and escorted out of the office with his 8-year-old daughter _ said Friday he would not return even if the company offered the job back.

``There’s no humanity,″ said Bill Means, who was a systems engineering manager at Structural Dynamics Research Corp. for two years until he was laid off April 27.

The company says it was sorry about the timing of Means’ firing, but said it has no plans to rehire him.

``We’re so sorry about this that I don’t know how I could express it,″ said Ed Neenan, the vice president who told Means he was being let go. ``It’s just made us look like very bad people out here.″

Neenan said he had not known that Means’ daughter, Marisa, was at the office that day.

``Our timing was truly regrettable,″ Neenan said. ``I’ve got three daughters myself. As the head of human resources, I feel very bad.″

Means said: ``I believe him. I don’t think he was aware of it. But I also think that’s part of his job, to know there are daughters in the building.″

Means, 42, had left Marisa in his office to meet with Neenan on the morning of April 27. He was unexpectedly fired and he and his daughter were escorted from the building.

The company, which makes and sells computer software used in product design, has laid off about 140 employees _ 12 percent of its worldwide work force _ since September because of financial problems.

The company gave Means two weeks severance pay, credit for three weeks of unused vacation and offered to help him find a job, Means said, who was recruited two years ago from General Electric Co.

Means said that since his firing became public, he has been hounded by the media for interviews _ receiving about 70 calls. A neighbor who operates a small business and read about his plight has interviewed him for a job.

Means said and his wife, Daileen, have tried to explain the firing to their daughter.

``She doesn’t really know,″ Means said. ``I look at it in the long run as good for me because it’s not the kind of company I want to work for or in.″

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