Most employers will try to work around treatments and recovery time. It's a good idea to keep a record of talks with employers and benefits personnel and to keep copies of performance reviews, memos, and letters regarding your employment.
Some Federal laws offer workplace protection for people with medical conditions. Here are quick summaries of how these laws may apply:
- Americans with Disabilities Act: An employer may only ask medical questions relevant to the ability to perform job duties. Also, cancer survivors cannot be forced to take a medical exam before being hired.
- Family and Medical Leave Act: This law may require an employer to grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave if cancer treatments make it impossible to work.
Unfair treatment in the workplace may require legal assistance.
For more information about cancer and protection from discrimination in the workplace, go to the Patient and Family Support webpage or call 801-585-9755.