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Cancer Sufferers Face Workplace Discrimination

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A new study finds that many patients who survive cancer face discriminatory treatment when they return to the workplace after their treatment.

The study that was conducted in the UK by Macmillan Cancer Support found that as many as one-third of cancer sufferers who returned to work after recovery faced rising levels of discrimination. Approximately one in 10 of the respondents in the survey reported that they felt so harassed and discriminated when they returned to their job, that they were actually considering leaving their job.

The findings were based on a poll of 168 people who had suffered cancer. All of these workers had returned to work after their recovery over the last five years. More than 37% of these people or more than one-third reported that they faced some sort of harassment or discrimination from employees or colleagues after their return to the workplace.

What is even more shocking to California employment lawyers is that those rates actually increased by close to 25% over the past three years alone. At least 8% of the respondents reported being given unfair workloads upon their return to the workplace, while 8% said that they had been denied promotion opportunities after their recovery.

Thirty percent of employees also reported that their employers refused to make reasonable changes that would accommodate them in their return from the job. That is even though the United Kingdom also requires employers to accommodate persons returning after a chronic illness.
Being fired from the job after a cancer diagnosis, being given too much work and a non- accommodating environment after returning to the job, cancer sufferers who have survived the worst experience of their life find that the trauma continues even after their recovery and return to their job.

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