Be the Boss Over Cancer

I got prostate cancer. The doctor told me that my last shot of my treatment was last April 2014 and I'm going back to the doctor for blood test and evaluation on Sept. 2014. I've been working from this company for about 10 years and they just laid me off just today. I thought I'm protected from getting laid off from my job if you have cancer. I have no issue with the company. I believed I did a good job with the company. I work at the shipping department and I'm the one who trained all that is working right now at the shipping department. They laid off few people today. I think I got laid off from job in my department because I got cancer which I could still function for my job. I even argued to my boss that why I got laid off not the  guy whom I trained to do the job. The guy that is left there now is physically stronger than I do. Is there any discriminatory act the company did to me? Please advice. I really need a job. I got 3 kids and my wife is not working. Please advice. Thank you.


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  • Joseph B.

    Joseph B. on Jul 31, 2014

    The other guy that left on my  department spent too many hours at the rest room doing nothing and the supervisor knew about it that's why  I feel there's a discrimination on my part.

  • Kelsey Fenton

    Kelsey Fenton on Aug 4, 2014

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for writing to us! I have sent your question to one of our legal experts who will be in touch soon.

    In the meantime, I would recommend reaching out to the National Cancer Legal Services Network:


    Kelsey, Program Coordinator, Cancer and Careers

  • Kelsey Fenton

    Kelsey Fenton on Aug 5, 2014

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Dear Joseph,

    Thanks again for reaching out! We have discussed your situation internally and
    feel that you should consult a lawyer individually about your situation with
    your previous employer to make sure you get the targeted guidance this situation
    requires. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to provide direct legal
    services, however there are many local and national organizations that do.
    Check out and to start.  

    To get some more information on the laws that may be relevant to
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