• My boss pulled the "I was good to you during your cancer" card twice with regards to some issues

    Asked by DebbiD on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    My boss pulled the "I was good to you during your cancer" card twice with regards to some issues

    I found out this is illegal but more than that I was angry. It never crossed my mind to pull the cancer card when I returned to work. How dare he use that to make himself feel better. Has this ever happened to anyone else and what did you do about it? I need my job so I can't say anything.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Well, I can just say that sucks. As an employer, I couldn't imagine not being supportive, if anyway possible. From an emp loyee's point of view, I had one that was good to me when I was first diagnosed the first time several years ago. I went to work for them and 3 weeks later was in the hospital getting treated. I was being paid salary, and I was a key employee. They still paid me the same each week no matter if I was there all week or out for two days. One the other hand, I was there everyday unless I was attached to the toilet getting sick, or in the hospital. I was the company poster child for a positive mental attitude, and you can work if you don't feel good.

      You need to find a way to make him realize that yes he was good to you, and you wouldn't expect anything else, nor would anyone else. Firing someone because they are sick is a touchy, mostly illegal thing, especially someone with cancer. Most companies wouldn't want anyone to know they canned someone with cancer, for no other reason. You just have to be sure, there is "no other reason".

      Best of luck to you, and I'm glad you doing well.

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think you had an emotional reaction that has caused you to jump to many conclusions. What exactly happened that was illegal? Saying "I was good to you during your cancer" maybe tacky but it certainly isn't illegal. Why do you think that saying that was to make himself feel better and about what? Just based on what you posted, I don't see any issue other than perhaps a tacky comment. If that is all it was, I wouldn't read anything personal into it. If you have issues related to work, they need to be dealt with but without knowing what those issues are, I really can't help or relate.

      about 4 years ago

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