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Kelly Holleran - August 2014
The Southeast Texas Record reported that Margaret Cordes, a former Fox Television morning producer, filed a lawsuit against Fox Television Stations, claiming she lost her job after being diagnosed with cancer and taking time off of work. Most people have concerns about work after a diagnosis, and as this case shows, sometimes it can have a difficult outcome.
Cordes said that she had to take a medical leave of absence after her diagnosis for treatment. When she returned to work, she said that she was harassed by coworkers and had to work in a hostile environment. Due to high stress, she ended up in the hospital and was placed on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, although she claims that she didn't get pay for three days of work while out on FMLA. The week that she returned to work she learned that she would no longer be employed at the station. Cordes is alleging "disability discrimination, wrongful interference with employment benefits rights and retaliation against the defendants. She also says the defendants violated the Family Medical Leave Act."
Working during and after cancer is not easy, but it should not be this hard. Every workplace is different and it's important to be informed of your rights in the workplace and how to handle discrimination if you encounter it. More information on Handling Discrimination at Work and Your Legal Rights in the Workplace.
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Original source: setexasrecord.com