A West Virginia man is suing the company he had worked for and reportedly helped found in 1982, for wrongful termination. The man is claiming that although he owned one-third of the shares of the business, he received a letter on the company's letterhead from one of the other founders saying his employment was terminated effective immediately. This came three months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The man says that he fulfilled every aspect of his employment contract but was still let go. He is suing for wrongful termination and seeks damages with interest. When a person is diagnosed with a condition that won't allow them to continue working, their job might be secured by law for a certain period of time.
If someone feels that they have been wrongfully terminated because of an illness, they might be wise to speak with an experienced employment law attorney. They can help the person understand and protect their rights. Sometimes employers use a vulnerable time in a person's life to take advantage of firing them, hoping that they won't understand their rights.
When someone loses their employment, especially when the need health insurance and income the most, they might suffer severe financial difficulties. Additionally, a person who might have been fired because of a medical condition will have to deal with the stress of their job loss on top of trying to recover from their illness. An attorney can work to ensure a person doesn't suffer because of an illegal firing.
Source: West Virgninia Record, "Man sues Pharmacy Associates for wrongful termination," Kyla Asbury, Oct. 1, 2013