Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for an employee to get fired after revealing a serious health condition, such as cancer or other life-altering illnesses or conditions. The employer may never admit the real reason for the termination—they typically try to justify the termination with excuses such as “poor performance,” “business slowdown,” or “no longer the right fit.” However, it’s usually the case that none of these concerns were voiced before the onset of the employee’s illness.
At-will employment doesn’t allow an employer to fire you because of your illness or condition.
There are laws intended to protect employees with serious health conditions. In fact, it is illegal to fire an employee because of a serious illness, and employers are required by law to make reasonable accommodations for employees with qualifying conditions, which might include time off for treatment or modification of job duties. The ADA and FMLA, as well as many state laws, provide employees with broad protections intended for employees at their most vulnerable—when their health is failing.
Morgan & Morgan is here to help. We hold employers accountable for violating your rights the only way we can—by making them pay. Our skilled employment attorneys will review the facts of your case and assess whether your rights have been violated. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our premier legal team today. Complete the simple contact form on the Morgan and Morgan website to arrange a no-cost case evaluation.
If you’ve been….
- Fired for a bogus reason after you disclosed a serious illness
- Fired because you had too many doctor appointments
- Fired because you used up your 12 weeks of FMLA leave
You may have a case!