• Has anyone lost their job because of their cancer?

    Asked by KancerKiller on Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Has anyone lost their job because of their cancer?

    I think I am right when I say that an employer can't fire you for a health problem. But that doesn't keep them for firing someone for "another problem". Who has dealt with this?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I was lucky enough to have an understanding employer the first two diagnoses, then I was running my own company during the last diagnosis. You are right, it's illegal to be fired because of an illness, but you are also right in that "reasons for termination" can pop up.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Mine just made me so miserable that I quit. They came to work sicker than dogs and it was just overall not a pleasant place to be. When I learned I could take early retirement ... I did.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      After 31 years in a civil service job, I was forced into retirement in lieu of termination. Even though i was still in treatment, HR demanded that I return to full duty. They refused another position to accommodate me. i consulted with a well-known labor attorney and he advised me that what they were doing was legal, but rather unethical. So, I worked another month light duty and retired.

      about 1 month ago
    • JennyBee's Avatar
      JennyBee

      They said you can't be fired . But you can terminated my old employer did just that. The reason was that I wasn't working at her standards But found later she didn't want to die at work.

      30 days ago
    • Allisonsue2's Avatar
      Allisonsue2

      I too lost my job after I went from short term disability to long term disability. Lost health insurance and forced on COBRA in order to continue treatment. It's not illegal but definitely is unethical. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has Grant's to help pay for medications please check k it out. Has been a life saver for me. Good Luck

      30 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      I've known someone who lost their job due to having to take their spouse one day per month for cancer follow-up care despite the fact that there's a law re: family medical leave which would mean actually leaving your employment for an extended period of time which I guess is what that employer thought was coming next. I've known numerous cancer patients including an oncology nurse who was fired for missing work due to chemo treatments, if that wasn't a kick in the chops.

      29 days ago
    • betheboo's Avatar
      betheboo

      Yes I did. I was on short term and FMLA but when the three months were over I was terminated since I could not go back at that time due to my recovery. I am out of work 2.5 years and am now looking trying to go back but it has been very hard. I do have SS disability but it will be going away soon.

      28 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Like po18guy, I was forced to resign in lieu of termination. Just after I finished treatment, I was put on a performance improvement plan (PIP) that no one would be able to achieve. 90 days later, I was given the "choice" of resignation or they would be the termination process. Fortunately, I was old enough to retire on Social Security. It happens a lot.

      28 days ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more multiple myeloma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Multiple Myeloma page.