Rehire Terminally Ill Employee Fired for Taking Medical Leave


Target: Alex Dana, Owner of Rosebud Restaurants

Goal: Rehire terminally ill employee fired for needing to take time off for surgery

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Larson was fired from his job as a delivery driver with Rosebud Restaurants after telling his boss that he needed to take six weeks off to have surgery related to an illness. Larson has a rare form of cancer, affecting the brain and spine, that has required him to have several chemotherapy treatments. When he told his boss that he would need surgery that would make him unable to work for six weeks, he was told to leave and not come back. This type of treatment from employers is becoming all to common and a full apology must be issued to rectify this situation.

This kind of treatment from employers is truly unacceptable. Employee rights in the United States are constantly under attack and even when they are not directly challenged, they are subverted. It is common for employers to require employees to work on public holidays, work through government mandated lunch breaks, and work short shifts to avoid the company having to pay out benefits. Employees in this economy are treated like cattle and something must be done to halt this growing trend before it cannot be stopped.

The United States ranks near the bottom of the world in protecting workers’ rights and things are only getting worse. This blatant disregard for the health and well-being of a terminally ill employee is appalling and truly despicable. Until labor rights are respected and observed, no company can hope to grow sustainably. Please sign below to demand that Rosebud Restaurants owner Alex Dana issue Jonathan Larson and apology and also offer him his position when his recuperation period has finished.


Dear Mr. Dana,

Jonathan Larson was fired from your restaurants for needing time off to have back surgery. The surgery is a necessary part of his spine and brain cancer treatment and is not something that he can just shrug off. While I understand that it was not your personal decision to terminate Mr. Larson, it was still a member of your company and thus reflects poorly upon you all. Until the needs and rights of workers are respected fully, no company can grow in a sustainable way.

It is for this reason that I demand you issue Mr. Larson an apology immediately, as well as extend him a formal job offer for his old position. He did not choose to have a terminal illness and I assure you the inconvenience of having a sick employee does not trump the heartbreaking struggle of having terminal cancer. I urge you to act with due haste to rectify this sad situation and to bring comfort to Mr. Larson.


[Your Name Here]

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