Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doctor fires employee when she tells him she has cancer

Even before I read this, I had figured out that empathy and a desire to help others don't seem to be traits that medical schools look for when accepting students. And how did this doctor not know that it is against the law to fire someone for getting sick?

A Woman Told Her Boss About A Devastating Cancer Diagnosis. He Responded By Firing Her.
The Huffington Post
By Mollie Reilly

A Pennsylvania community is rallying around a woman who was fired from her job at an oral surgeon's office following her diagnosis with cancer.

Carol Jumper, who lives in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with cancer impacting her pancreas, liver and ovaries in August. According to her fiance, Dennis Smerigan, Jumper received a letter from her boss, Dr. George Visnich, in which the oral surgeon said he was laying her off without compensation. Raging Chicken Press published the letter on Sunday.

"The symptoms of the disease, the pain medications you will need and the side effects of the chemotherapy will be significant and distracting,” reads the handwritten note, which bears Visnich's letterhead. "You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life. Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014."...

Smerigan told the Beaver Countian that his fiancee worked for Visnich for more than 12 years...

Current and recovering cancer patients are protected against job discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act so long as the individual is able to perform the job's essential functions.

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