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New Hampshire is an "at will" employment state, where a boss may generally fire any worker at any time for any reason. So Austin had little legal protection, and that's one reason former town board member Sara Persechino started a GoFundMe campaign to ease his stress until he found another job. In two days, 100 people donated more than $2,000. Best of all, three local employers contacted Austin with job offers, as well as an apprenticeships in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and New Hampshire AFL/CIO. Austin is sure being with his wife at the birth of their child was the right decision.