Worker can't get time off work to donate kidney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A worker at an apparel company wants to donate one of her kidneys to a relative, but the factory refuses to give her time off, even without pay.

Pam Melson, a worker at Tennessee Apparel in Tullahoma, has had to postpone the scheduled transplant this month.

Melson wants to help 36-year-old Donnie Hammack, who is married to Melson's distant cousin.

The company's vice president of manufacturing said they aren't trying to discourage Melson from donating an organ.

But the company won't hold her job for her if she leaves. As her family's sole financial provider, Melson said she can't afford to risk her job.

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