California residents may be interested in a case from Florida where a 32-year-old man lost his job after revealing he planned to perform self-dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant. The man said he was dedicated to keeping his job and did not want to have to leave work in order to get treatment. He planned to perform his self-dialysis on his lunch breaks. He has filed a lawsuit claiming that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act following his termination after 10 years with the company.
The man's kidneys are barely working, and under a doctor's recommendation that self-cleansing, rather than traditional dialysis, would allow him to continue to work his 40 hours a week. He is currently on the waiting list for a transplant. When he told his bosses that he had been approved and put on the list, he was terminated three days later.
He was told that his position was being eliminated and was not given the opportunity to seek other positions within the company. Company records show that only four employees were let go for financial reasons -- four months prior to this man's termination.
Because he lost his health insurance, he lost his spot on the transplant list. The loss of his job has cost him more than just an income, but will dramatically affect his health as well. If he can prove that the company terminated him due to his health condition, he may be able to receive compensation, but he will not be able to regain his position on the transplant list.
Many people who are fired from their jobs suddenly may not know where to turn for advice. Speaking with a qualified attorney who is experienced in employment law can present options and offer assistance in a difficult situation.
Source: Fox News, "Lawsuit claims man lost his job due to medical condition," Sept. 26, 2012