Target: Thomas Perez, United States Secretary of Labor
Goal: Demand justice for woman allegedly fired from her job for having cancer.
Jacquelyne Froeber was reportedly fired from a Texas publishing company when her bosses found out she has been battling breast cancer and has been on chemotherapy. Froeber was allegedly let go six days after the company learned that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was told to re-apply at the company’s Miami location. When Froeber did so, she was initially hired only to be warned in advance that she would be let go at the end of the year. However, Froeber was later informed that she would only hold her position through the end of September and instead be offered freelance employment through the end of the year. Froeber has filed a complaint claiming discrimination with the Texas work force, and has filed a lawsuit against the company in general.
A person should not be forced to leave their job due to cancer. Cancer is not a contagious condition and generally does not affect their performance, provided the patient’s treatments and medications are working properly. Perhaps Froeber’s bosses were simply concerned for her health, but good intentions do not erase what the woman saw as discrimination against her due to her illness.
This woman deserved better than to be let go so unfairly. Sign this petition to demand justice for Froeber and to help ensure that companies will no longer fire people for having cancer.
Dear Mr. Perez,
A woman recently filed a claim of discrimination after she was reportedly let go from her job at a publishing company due to having cancer, and is currently filing a lawsuit against the company even as she is undergoing treatments for her illness. While it is possible her employers at both locations for the company she worked at were simply concerned for her health, she did not see it that way.
A hard worker should not be let go from a job they love because they have cancer. Even if they are ill, it should be their decision whether or not they continue to work, and that decision was taken away from this woman. Please ensure that the company will give her due compensation and an apology for what she deems unfair termination.
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