Salem, OR asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon

Q: 60 year old woman in the Curry County Oregon area has cancer. Can her job be terminated?

The woman has completed her cancer treatment and has a clean bill of health. She works in the private industry. She has very little money. Her employer wants her to train someone to do her job. Looks like she is being fired. Who does she talk to in regards to her situation.

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Having cancer in and of itself does not protect a job. That said, it sounds like she thinks the employer is considering or planning on discriminating based on a health condition, which may violate FMLA or ORFMLA (lots of factors as to eligibility and what not). She can find a local attorney, or consider filing a complaint with BOLI's Civil Rights Division so they can investigate. Though, doing the later will certainly get her employer's attention which could lead to retaliation.

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