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Ken Alltucker - September 2016
Upon beginning his job as a bus driver in May, Frank Sloan was excited. However, just 5 weeks into the job Sloan was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer that had spread so far and fast that his doctor recommended that he be excused from work for up to six months. Just one week following the note from his doctor, Sloan was terminated despite being informed by his union representative that he was on medical leave.
Following his termination, Sloan's health-insurance was revoked as well. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon story, as Cancer and Careers' polls have shown, 44% of newly diagnosed patients in 2014 were of working age, and thus employment becomes another concern on their plate. Employers are often unaware of their obligations under both state and federal laws.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fields a number of cancer-related discrimination complaints and enforces federal employment discrimination laws.Though some aspects of Sloan's situation may be cause for a case, he is not thinking of filing a discrimination complaint, as he wishes to focus on his treatment,
To find out more on Sloan's and his story, click here
Original source: www.azcentral.com