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Understanding Your ADA Disability Discrimination Rights As An Employee With Cancer And Chemo Appointments

April 26, 2023

Are you or someone you know fighting cancer while trying to navigate the workforce? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protections for employees with disabilities, including those with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. In this blog post, we will explore your ADA disability discrimination rights as an employee with cancer and chemo.

Under the ADA, employers cannot discriminate against employees with disabilities, including cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. This means that employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, including those undergoing chemotherapy, to allow them to perform their job duties. Reasonable accommodations may include changes in work schedule, time off for medical appointments, modifications to the work environment, and more.

Employers also cannot retaliate against employees who request or use accommodations under the ADA. This means that an employer cannot fire, demote, or otherwise discriminate against an employee who requests accommodations due to cancer or chemo-related side effects.

In addition to the ADA, employees with cancer and chemo may also have rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons, including the treatment of a serious health condition like cancer. Employees who take FMLA leave are entitled to return to their same or an equivalent position.

If you believe that your employer has violated your ADA disability discrimination rights or FMLA rights, it is important to speak with an experienced employment attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can help you take legal action if necessary.

In conclusion, if you are an employee with cancer and chemo, you have legal rights and protections under the ADA and FMLA. Don’t let discrimination and retaliation bring you down – speak with an attorney and take the necessary steps to protect your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.

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