Be the Boss Over Cancer

I work for a very small non-profit, literally my boss (full-time) and me (part-time). All of the FMLA and ADA guidelines I've read speak of companies that have 50 or more employees. I was recently diagnosed and will be having six months of treatment. I will not be able to work. I have a letter of medical necessity from my oncologist stating that I will not be able to work for 6 to 12 months. Can I be fired? What protects my job, if anything, and what paperwork do I need to give to my boss?


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  • Alice McKenney

    Alice McKenney on Jul 2, 2012

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Renee,

    Thanks for reaching out. There may be some state options that could be beneficial to you, however our career coaches do not provide legal advice so I am including some resources below that should be helpful for you. Use these services to find a lawyer local to you so you can determine your rights in this situation.

    If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to reach out!



    • Cancer
      Legal Resource Center
      866-843-2572.  This is a free resource to call or
      email to get personalized info.  National organization.
    • National
      Cancer Legal Services Network
      .  This comprehensive website has a service
      directory so that you can find legal assistance near you locally.
    • Lawhelp. Find legal aid assistance local to you (not specific to cancer).

  • Renee J.

    Renee J. on Jul 2, 2012

    Thank you, Alice!

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