Mere hours after discovering that she had stage three esophageal cancer, Elisa Madonia was faced with a second, life-changing blow: she no longer had her job.
Madonia had been working at Chicago property management company S37 for four years, when, in October of last year, doctors delivered the grim news that she had cancer.
The same doctors told her she might need to take significant time off from work for chemo and surgery. They also sent letters to her employers, describing the same message.
Two hours after they got the letters regarding her condition, Madonia’s employers reportedly called her into their offices and got rid of her.
Madonia has said that they “suggested she resign” and “offered to pay six months of COBRA if she signed a separation letter."
“Not only I’m being hit with a disease, that I have cancer, now you take my job away from me?” Madonia said.
Eugene Hollander, Madonia’s attorney, has spoken out against the treatment Madonia received.
“I think they had an obligation to sit down with Elise and say, hey, what can we do here? Can you work three days a week? Can you telecommute for some period of time?”
Madonia has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit. She has been undergoing treatment for several months, and is currently recovering from surgery.
Sources: http://chicago.cbslocal.com, http://www.rawstory.com
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