• Who has had work issues after cancer? Either getting let go, hours cut, or not getting a job applied for when you disclose?

    Asked by hoosierboy on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Who has had work issues after cancer? Either getting let go, hours cut, or not getting a job applied for when you disclose?

    It's not supposed to happen, but I think we all know it happens every day.

    Here is an article I ran across talking about it, it hits home with me.

    Don't punish cancer patients twice - please respect their workplace rights

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      A friend of mine who was an MD was fired from the practice at which she worked immediately upon diagnosis.

      The middle finger salute attitude is quite prevalent in the work force.

      almost 3 years ago
    • spdsgrl's Avatar

      I was told to take all the time I needed and when I was released to go back to work after treatment, I was told there was no position for me. 2 weeks later, my boss"s children's old nanny and former co worker who left to be full time mom was rehired into my position. It really was awful especially since I worked for the county prosecutor. (Ended up okay, I got a higher paying position with the county, so when i had to go on permanent disability retirement I had a higher disability amount :-) )

      almost 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      My company just made life so miserable that I took disability to get away from them. They might have tried to make life that miserable even if I hadn't had cancer, but I didn't have the wherewithal to fight them AND cancer.

      I have considered looking for work again, but I sincerely doubt anyone is going to hire me. I have too many treatments that would cause me to miss work way too much.

      almost 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      There have been many stories like this posted, it is not supposed to be able to happen but it does.

      almost 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I was lucky. My company was very accommodating. And there have been at least 3 people that I know of who were diagnosed after me. I'm sure if I'd be diagnosed while at my previous job the story would have been a WHOLE lot different...

      almost 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I think some think cancer is Contagious...and Who Knows maybe it is....

      almost 3 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I have to say I was very fortunate. I worked as a bookkeeper in a high school and the principals were incredible. They protected me and my job. I finally ended up making the decision that I could not continue. I remember going in to tell the principal and he said well I have always told you this job is yours until you decide it is too much. They sent me on with their blessing and said I will always be welcome back. It's how we should all be treated

      almost 3 years ago
    • hoosierboy's Avatar

      Thank you all for your input, my employer is OK but not thrilled. I can tell by the whole tone or "feel" that if I have to miss much more work, that I will be replaced. I can understand part of it, a Company can't have people on the payroll that are not producing, it's simple. But it still sucks.

      almost 3 years ago
    • MoveIt2012's Avatar

      So far I have been very blessed My boss has let me off for all appointments and when sick from chemo. Of course I have gone in when I could push through and worked late and Saturdays. But overall very fortunate

      almost 3 years ago

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