Employment discrimination common?


Question from PW: Every time I leave for a chemo treatment, my employer docks my pay. Has anyone else been subjected to such horrible treatment by an employer during this stressful time?
Answers - Barbara Hoffman That probably is employment discrimination, because if you work for an employer that's covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may also be covered by state anti-discrimination laws. That's an unfortunate situation, but the good news is that it's becoming increasingly uncommon. Employment discrimination against cancer survivors has decreased. Most survivors are treated fairly at work, according to recent studies. Laws such as the ADA and the FMLA are working. Also, attitudes about cancer exemplified by the use of terms such as cancer survivor and cancer survivorship have also helped to decrease workplace discrimination.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Working During Treatment. Barbara Hoffman, J.D., Irene Card, and moderator Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. answered your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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