Illinois woman allegedly fired for having cancer

Print
Email
|

by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

(KMOV) -- An Illinois woman claims she was fired just hours after she told her employer she had cancer.

Elisa Madonia’s doctor sent her employer a letter saying she had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and less than two hours later, her boss suggested she resign and offered to pay six months of insurance if she signed a separation letter. Shortly after, she was fired.

"Not only have I been hit with a disease," Madonia said. "Now you take my job away from me too.” 

Madonia is now filing a disability discrimination lawsuit against her employer.

Her employer is not commenting on the suit.

“For the worst possible moment of her life, being diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer, is the cruelest thing I’ve ever heard,” Madonia’s caregiver Kathleen Derosa said.

 

Print
Email
|