Suffering from severe and terminal illnesses can make the lives of workers in Texas and elsewhere very difficult. These employees may be required to have accommodations to their shifts or even need additional time away from their jobs for healing and treatments. A man who previously worked for Pan Am Railways alleges that his termination was discriminatory. His claim has been filed in a federal court against Pan Am as well as Springfield Railway Terminal Co.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff worked as an assistant manager at Pan Am. He notified his employer that he would need to extend his medical leave for another three weeks so that he could receive chemoradiation treatment. Additionally, he said that he would need to make some changes to his shifts after he returned. He asked that the company schedule him reduced hours for two weeks, meaning that this shift would only be eight hours instead of 12.
The plaintiff claims that after he alerted his employer of his needs he was fired. The Maine Human Rights Commission conducted an investigation into the incident and determined that the man may have grounds for a lawsuit. According to the investigation, Pan Am contends that leaving the plaintiff's position open for an additional three weeks would pose a hardship on the company, and his position would be empty for about four months. The former employee disagrees and stated that his job stayed vacant past the three weeks that he needed.
The man believes that his termination was in violation of the Maine Human Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is seeking legal expenses, lost wages and damages and to be reinstated into his former position or otherwise be compensated for future benefits and wages. Texas employees who believe that they have lost their jobs illegally would benefit from consulting with an experienced legal professional to help them determine their best course of action.
Source: bangordailynews.com, "Maine man says railway fired him for seeking longer cancer treatment leave", Darren Fishell, Nov. 12, 2015