Caitlin R. on November 23, 2019
I'm a 33-year-old public relations professional and in recovery from treatment for early-stage breast cancer. In the three months leading up to my diagnosis, I was in line to receive a promotion. I was having very positive conversations and discussions with both supervisors--initially, they approached me about the promotion. In essence, I had every indication that I would get the promotion. But then, not one day after one of these 'positive conversations,' I was diagnosed. I continued to work through six rounds of chemotherapy, took just two days off work for my surgery, and adjusted my radiation treatments around my work schedule. The only limitation I had was that I could not travel during this time, but I could still conduct most--if not all--of my work remotely. My team and I have excelled this year, and exceeded our goals. Right now, since I'm coming out on the other end of this, I've brought up the topic of the promotion a few times with my supervisors, and the tone has changed. I'm now being fed lines like, "we don't want to be too top-heavy" or "there are many people asking for promotions and we can't grant them all." This smells and feels like discrimination, and I'm at a loss for what to do.