Target: U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission
Goal: Investigate wrongful termination of CEO diagnosed with breast cancer
A woman who was CEO of a furniture company for 12 years claims that she was fired because she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She informed board members of her disability in March and two months later they asked her to resign. Kathleen Mason is bringing a suit against her former company, claiming that they violated anti-discrimination laws. Demand justice; urge the U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission to further investigate the firing of Kathleen Mason.
The furniture company claims that it fired her because she caused its stock to fall, but showed no concern about her effect on their stock until after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to this, her attorney cites the fact that over her 12 year employment at the company, Mason actually earned the company money. Sadly, Mason’s situation is not unique. There are numerous examples of employees being fired because they were perceived to be weak after recovering from surgery or receiving treatment for cancer. Laws state that employees cannot be discriminated against based on health issues. But in light of recent negative reactions to movie star Angelina Jolie’s preventative double mastectomy, it is not surprising to learn that women in other workplaces are facing very similar forms of discrimination. CEOs do not often file suites over alleged discrimination, making Mason’s claims even more significant.
It is important that this case is fully investigated, not only to get justice for Kathleen Mason, but to help shed light on ongoing discrimination that primarily targets women in the workplace. Do not allow women to be discriminated against – demand that the U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission further investigate Kathleen Mason’s wrongful termination.
Dear U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission,
Kathleen Mason is filing suit against her previous employer because believes that she was wrongfully terminated after notifying the furniture company she was CEO of that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, this would not be the first time that an individual has been discriminated against after notifying her workplace that she has a severe illness.
This is a particularly relevant issue in light of the rampant discrimination that women still experience in the workplace. Women frequently face unfair treatment because of health problems that are unique to their gender and have historically been afforded less opportunities despite proving equal intelligence and drive time and time again. It is essential that we continue to take a stand for women’s rights in the workplace. Please investigate Kathleen Mason’s wrongful termination.
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