Lisa O. on December 2, 2021
I work at walmart as an e commerse shopper. 2018-2019 was treated for voice box and vocal chord cancer. When I returned to work 6 months later ,I stopped working weekends. Everthing was fine until a couple of weeks ago. My hrs were, mon tues thurs fri 8am to 5. My hrs started to disappear little by little. This week I was even more. A couple of hrs mon tues thurs and fri were completely cut. I asked managment, because I don't work weekends. They were told about my concer. They are hartless and don't care. They can't make me an acception,it's not fair for everyone else in the store. Can they do that?
Nicole Jarvis, LMSW
Dec 3, 2021
Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:
Thanks so much for reaching out to Cancer and Careers.
I’m so sorry to hear your job has been so unsupportive and treating you in this way. Have you been communicating only with your supervisor or has HR also been involved? It would be a good idea to get a better sense of what your job entitles you to – do you still have a copy of your employee handbook? If not, I would suggest contacting HR to get a copy of it so you have access to that information. A flexible schedule (for instance, not working weekends) can be considered a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are certain requirements necessary in order to qualify for those accommodations so again, you might be able to find that information in your employee handbook and/or by speaking with HR to find out what is offered through the company.
Do you know who told them about your cancer? Did you to disclose to anyone at work? While I can’t say what is going on for sure, I will say that if you’re aware they know about your cancer and you are being treated differently since then, it would be a good idea to figure out if there is discrimination occurring and explore what your protections may be.
Since Cancer and Careers is not a legal organization and thus, cannot provide specific legal information, I’d recommend you contact a legally-focused organization to ensure you have accurate and relevant information for your circumstance. A few organizations that I would recommend contacting are:
Happy to provide any additional resources or point you in the direction of more information.
Best of luck to you!
Nicole Jarvis, LMSW
Assistant Director of Programs
Cancer and Careers
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