Cathy A. on January 6, 2017
I had a good job of 15 years managing a doctors office. I was lucky to be able to work through most of my treatments, only taking a month after surgery then a few months later, additional leave of 6 weeks after chemo & radiation. I returned part-time gradually to full-time but had persistent side effects that required accommodation of coming in later. The owners agreed then within weeks, suddenly fired me because they wanted me back to the schedule I'd worked for so many years, which was impossible for "my new normal". I was replaced with someone who could work 10 hour days starting very early mornings. I sued for disability discrimination, wrongful termination and won a settlement that included a gag order (can't even say the suit or settlement existed so I'm not mentioning a thing to potential employers) and they cannot give a poor reference. They agreed to a neutral reference with my replacement giving only dates of employment, job title and verification of salary. It's been difficult even getting an interview, but my anxiety is over what to say when asked why I left - I can't say they let me go for health or attendance reasons without bringing further questions. Additionally, it is customary for doctors to ask prior employer physicians about management candidates They will refer those calls to my replacement and cannot comment on me (or worse, they may confide I was fired for illness/attendance, or that I was litigious). With lifelong experience in the same field, but over a year of no prospects, I'm beyond worried. I'm determined to land an interview through any means, but what then? Thank you for any help or advice.