• newly diagnosed colon cancer and possible job loss

    Asked by rustysflygirl on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    newly diagnosed colon cancer and possible job loss

    I asked earlier about possible firing after the company my husband works for found out about his stage 4 colon cancer and was reassured by the responses recd. Now, after he notified his boss yesterday we find he may indeed be at least laid off or fired in 2 wks. He works for a company that contracts with the govt. The contract he has been working on may lose funding on the 15th, thus his job will be gone as well. If he does lose his job we will lose our healthcare benefits as well as everything else. He starts chemo next week. Are there resources available to help with rent and other everyday expenses? I do not have a job yet but I have apps. out all over town. Even so, I doubt I could make enough to cover our living expenses. What if he went ahead and filed for his short-term disability now? Otherwise we will lose it as well as all of the other benefits. Even if I were working we could never afford cobra to cover our healthcare.

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    • cavalierlover's Avatar

      i I had no idea companies could fire you when you got cancer. That is just awful. Legally I guess they can but I believe I would put signs up showing what they did to people. I too am checking on the SSI just in case. I will keep you informed. I am so sorry about all you are having to go thru. I have many friends helping me and I have found that is helping. I will pray for you and your family and pass along any info I might collect.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Just to clarify, he is not being fired because he has cancer, he is being laid off because of defunding of a contract that pays his salary. 2 very different things.

      over 4 years ago
    • rustysflygirl's Avatar

      Yep, not because of the cancer. Just bad luck with the funding.

      over 4 years ago
    • ttisme's Avatar

      he might want to approach his employer and ask, since they are contractors, if they can let him go out on FLMA prior to the lay off, they can keep him on payroll and keep the benefits going. People in HR can be great resources. Check with Cancer cares, in your area. they offer some assistance, but basically with co pays, and premiums. I have not found any resources outside local social service agencies that can assist with housing.

      over 4 years ago
    • ccpt1958's Avatar

      You might want to contact The Cancer Legal Resource Center to learn more about your rights and responsibilities in the job forces in regards to cancer. Here is the link to their website: https://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/about/cancerlegalresource.cfm

      almost 4 years ago

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