Home > Health & Wellbeing > Cancer: Your Rights as an Employee

Cancer: Your Rights as an Employee

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 17 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Cancer Work Disability Discrimination

Most people suffer a sense of deep shock when they are told that they have cancer. Many choose to confront this potentially life threatening disease head on, and try to continue their life with as much normality as possible. For many, this also means choosing to keep on working. Others find that they need to keep working as much as they can for financial reasons.

Support from your Employer

Employers should be understanding about the fact that you are going through a very stressful time and should relate to you in a supporting manner to help you cope with the cancer and its treatment.

Before Treatment

Before treatment, it's often difficult to know just how the treatment may affect you, and it's helpful to let your employer know this so that they are aware that you may need to change your work plans at short notice.

You may need to contact your employer out of office hours, so it may be worth asking if they are prepared to give you contact details in case you need to contact them out of the office. Most employers will be happy to give you their mobile number, or an email address they can remotely access.

Communicate with your employer or HR manager; they may be able to make changes to your duties and your working hours to enable you to continue working throughout your treatment. Understandably, some employers may not have had any experience of dealing with an employee with cancer before, so the more you communicate with them, the more they can try to support you in the best way possible. It is likely that you will need to take time off work for treatment and recuperation during your treatment. This time off can be taken as:

  • sickness absence
  • an agreed reduction in working hours or days per week (for example if you need to attend a weekly hospital appointment)
  • paid holiday
  • a combination of the above

Your employer or HR manager should be able to give you all the information you need about your company's sickness policy and how much paid and unpaid leave you are entitled to.

Reasonable adjustments

Your employer must by law make reasonable adjustments for you to ensure both your safety at work, and to enable you to continue working with an illness if you wish to do so. What constitutes 'reasonable adjustments' will largely depend upon your type of employment. For example:

If employed in a factory - can you do your work sitting on a stool rather than standing so it is less tiring?

If employed in a restaurant - can you take your break in small chunks more regularly, rather than a full hour at once?

Some adjustments can be expected to be considered across every role however. These include:

Reducing your working days to work part-time

Altering your working hours (for example to start earlier and have a longer lunch break to enable you to attend local appointments during this time)

Altering your working environment to make your work less tiring in some way - for example locating you next to equipment you need, or providing a trolley to reduce the need to carry heavier items.

Discuss adjustments with your employer

You should discuss any adjustments that you feel would benefit you in dealing with your illness with your employer. Whilst your employer has a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments, the onus is on you to tell your employer what you feel you need, or what particular aspects of your work you are finding challenging. Identify any problems to your employer so that they are aware of these issues and can consider solutions with you. Be aware that your employer may be unable to offer an adjustment (for example starting earlier), but they should explain their reasons for not allowing any requested adjustment with you. Just because a requested adjustment is not made does not make it unreasonable.

Privacy and Confidentiality

If you tell your employer you have cancer but don't want your colleagues to know, your employer should respect your wishes and not discuss your illness with anyone without your permission. Union representatives and HR managers should also observe your privacy and not pass on any confidential information about you. Occupational health staff are bound by the patient confidentiality code of all health professionals and so will not tell anyone about your illness without your express permission. Whilst many people don't want "a fuss" or sympathy, you may benefit from the support of your colleagues. This may also prevent awkward questions later on if you have to take a period of absence, or for example lose your hair due to chemotherapy. However, if don't feel you can discuss your illness with colleagues personally, your employer or HR manager may be able to do this for you in an agreed sensitive way, such as in a staff meeting or via staff bulletin emails, at your request.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)

Now superseded by the Equality Act 2010 but the same principles apply, under the DDA, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their disability. Everyone with cancer is classed as disabled under the DDA (due to this being a long-term illness) and so is protected by the Act.

The DDA also covers workers who were disabled in the past, even if they are no longer disabled. A worker who has had cancer in the past, but is currently in remission or is now completely cured, will still be covered by the DDA even though they may no longer be receiving treatment. Therefore, an employer cannot discriminate against a person for a reason relating to them previous having cancer.

The following scenarios may give you cause to report your employer for discrimination. If your employer:

  • Does not making reasonable changes so you can carry on doing your job
  • Gives you a warning for excessive sick leave without making allowances for your cancer
  • Suggests it would be best for you to stop working
  • Dismisses you for a reason that might relate to your illness
  • Demotes you
  • Overlooks your promotion case because of a reason related to your cancer
  • Chooses you for redundancy because you've taken more sick leave (due to cancer) than others
  • Does not allow you time off for medical appointments

If you feel that you are being discriminated against at work due to currently or previously having cancer, you can do something about it. The steps you can take are:

  1. complain to your line manager or area manager
  2. formally complain using your company's grievance procedures (which should be available upon request from your line manager)
  3. take your employer to an Employment Tribunal

If you think you have been discriminated against, you should complain as soon as possible after the discriminatory act takes place, or after the period of discrimination ends. If you wish to take your complaint to the Employment Tribunal, you have three months from the date of the discriminatory act, or end of the period of discrimination to do so.

Further information regarding your rights under the DDA and more useful advice is available in our article Disability at Work.

After Cancer Treatment has Finished

Whilst most people often expect to be 'over the moon' once their treatment has ended, and feel that they can put their illness behind them. For others, it can often be a difficult. Some people, quite naturally, can have fears about the cancer returning and may feel quite depressed. Usually these feelings diminish over time, but there is support available. Speak to your GP about your concerns, and if you feel it will help, speak to your employer or HR Department to explain that you are still recovering. Cancer is a difficult illness that, along with treatments such as chemotherapy, has a huge draining impact on your body. Do not therefore think that you have to be back to full fitness immediately; as long as you communicate with your employer, they should understand.

You may also need to make your employer aware that you will need to continue to attend your GP or hospital for check-up appointments intermittently for a few years after your treatment. You are entitled to take time off work for these appointments. However speak to your employer about these, as you may not be entitled to be paid for time taken off work for this purpose unless it is part of your holiday entitlement.

Research has shown that people who have had treatment for cancer are as productive, or even more productive, than people who have not suffered from the illness. It has been shown that they take less time off work than other employees and, even though they may have lasting effects from the treatment, they still work extremely hard and effectively.
If you are being interviewed for a new position and you are asked about whether the cancer might inhibit your ability to do the job (even though you may have been cured for some time), it can be worth pointing these facts out. Cancer survivors often have an incredible strength of character and ability to deal with stressful situations which would make you an asset to any employer.

Remember, failure to hire you for a role on the basis of you currently or previously having cancer is discriminatory, in the same way as not hiring someone because they are gay or from an ethnic minority group.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
I have resently gone back to work phased return afther having breast cancer . I was doing ok but last week i wasnt very well and ended up in hospital i did all the right thinks by letting my employer know .i am on insurance from my work which i get 75 percent of my wages so i am trying to get back to normal .i resently was sent a employers support email from my operation manger and i saw a email from him to the insurance people saying that he thinks that i am struggling and that my job is two much for me which i think he is discriminateing against me he should be supporting me not trying to push me to leave. Just would like to know my rights as this comment is concered thank you from carole
Twoteas - 17-Feb-17 @ 1:47 PM
Can I also add my Union Representative thinks they will try dismissal but if they are successful it will be appealed sent to ACAS for mediation and if they fail to agree suitable working or financial package then to Employment Tribunal. He has a file which includes all correspondence, notes from meetings and telephone calls received from Macmillan, ACAS, GP, District Nurses and HR. I will ask my oncologist for specialist advice when I attend my impending appointment. They are all showing empathy and dissapointment that the Civil Service is employing these tactics.
Queenie1 - 14-Feb-17 @ 4:25 PM
They are insisting I return to work to start a phased return over 8 weeks after which they are stating I will be well enough to resume full time compressed hours including 3 saturdays in 4 and one week working 6 days in a row with one day off then 3 days with 2 days off. As I say I am suffering terrible side effects from the radical treatment I received Chemoradiotherapy. They have stated they have the right to overturn my Drs fit note and any Oncologists recommendations. I have worked for this organisation for 26 years but feel I am being 'set up to fail' and they seem hell bent on dismissing me with no financial redress. Advice would be greatly appreciated
Queenie1 - 14-Feb-17 @ 4:15 PM
Queenie1 - Your Question:
I was diagnosed with rare anal rectal cancer February 2016 I had chemoradiotherapy which ended July 2016. Following that I had scans, biopsies etc which took me to October I have been told I have cell dysplacia which needs a close eye kept on it I also have a lot of internal scarring which is still causing me terrible side effects with my bowels. My employer (Home Office) has kept in touch but 5 days before christmas I was invited to a dismissal meeting on the grounds of medical inefficiency. This was overturned (I have been on nill pay since August 16 and claiming ESA / PIP. I attended an OHS appt recently and the Dr recommended I may be able to take up some home working am with a couple of hours office based p.m. My current fit note expires 15th March but work are insisting I return now even though my GP is waiting for the oncologists report which I attend 9th March. He is treating me for severe rectal pain (due to scarring) with very strong pain relief and also needs some other bloodwork checking. My employer has threatened me with another dismissal meeting if I don't return to work now saying they have the right to overturn my GP's fit note (he has been my main medical carer since the start of the illness) he will not do this and when I telephoned OHS they stated their reports are not intended to replace GP / Specialist advice and I need to be re-referred as when they looked at the report there was no time scale. Can they dismiss me when I am still classed as receiving cancer related treatment?

Our Response:
We don't have enough information to give you really good advice here. Are your employers suggesting that you come in for a meeting to discuss your future or are they insisting that you return to work.
SafeWorkers - 13-Feb-17 @ 2:43 PM
I was diagnosed with rare anal rectal cancer February 2016 I had chemoradiotherapy which ended July 2016. Following that I had scans, biopsies etc which took me to October I have been told I have cell dysplacia which needs a close eye kept on it I also have a lot of internal scarring which is still causing me terrible side effects with my bowels. My employer (Home Office) has kept in touch but 5 days before christmas I was invited to a dismissal meeting on the grounds of medical inefficiency. This was overturned (I have been on nill pay since August 16 and claiming ESA / PIP. I attended an OHS appt recently and the Dr recommended I may be able to take up some home working am with a couple of hours office based p.m. My current fit note expires 15th March but work are insisting I return now even though my GP is waiting for the oncologists report which I attend 9th March. He is treating me for severe rectal pain (due to scarring) with very strong pain relief and also needs some other bloodwork checking. My employer has threatened me with another dismissal meeting if I don't return to work now saying they have the right to overturn my GP's fit note (he has been my main medical carer since the start of the illness) he will not do this and when I telephoned OHS they stated their reports are not intended to replace GP / Specialist advice and I need to be re-referred as when they looked at the report there was no time scale. Can they dismiss me when I am still classed as receiving cancer related treatment?
Queenie1 - 12-Feb-17 @ 3:17 PM
I'm trying to find out what I should expect to be receiving in pay as I started working for our company as a sewer in 1988 and worked my way up to supervisor, then to save money they only needed 2 not 5 supervisors.( all the time paying in to the PAYE) This time I volunteered to take a step back to charge hand. Since starting there i collapsed in Dorothy Perking in 1994 where they diagnosed me with a Brain Tumour grade 2 but I had biopsy then radiotherapy cos I told them my hand writing was difficult( 6 weeks worth) . Then in 2014 because they saw a change so 2015 Feb I had an awake operation and since then i have not been back to work, so the company called me in to see their Dr and he decided to sign me off for medical reasons. ( I'm still struggling with my balance )I know that they are calling me in before too long to tell me about it. As far as I know they plan to pay me 12 weeks and the rest of my holiday pay. They have been paying me holiday pay since I've been off. I thought I should get early retirement pay as it wasn't my choice to leave , I've worked there from 1988 18th January. So I need to know if I am due to this .
Triggy - 24-Jan-17 @ 5:49 PM
Five years ago I had saliva gland cancer. I had the lump and gland taken out and had 21 sessions of Radiotherapy. Since then I now have Radiation Fibrosis and fatigue. I work in a supermarket on home shopping, which have a pickrate. I have had support in the past as sometimes I struggle to get the highest rate, but now my mangers has involved Oc health and HR. And mentioned I may not be in the right role and if it does not in prove I may be taken off the job. I have worked on the department for 9 years
Billy - 17-Jan-17 @ 1:43 PM
May - Your Question:
I started a,new job in September. I,have to be on probation for 6 months until I can take time off. So as right now I will have no time off until March. I found out around Christmas time I have breast cancer. I will need 6 to 12 weeks off. I,wsd told today that I'm still on probation and that I will probably lose my job. Do I not have any rights. I need my job it will be hard enough not getting paid for 6 to,1w weeks. Can you help me.

Our Response:
While an employer can use sickness absence as a reason for failing a probationary period, in the case of cancer this might prove to be discrimination. Cancer falls under the Equality Act for discrimination purposes and you may be able to claim wrongful dismissal if you are dismissed/fail the probationary period on this basis.
SafeWorkers - 5-Jan-17 @ 2:26 PM
I started a,new job in September. I,have to be on probation for 6 months until I can take time off. So as right now I will have no time off until March. I found out around Christmas time I have breast cancer. I will need 6 to 12 weeks off. I,wsd told today that I'm still on probation and that I will probably lose my job. Do I not have any rights. I need my job it will be hard enough not getting paid for 6 to,1w weeks. Can you help me.
May - 5-Jan-17 @ 4:13 AM
My wife had breast cancer three years ago but has been suffering from excessive side affects from post cancer medications. She also suffers for anxiety. In April2016 her side effects became very servere. I called a meeting wither consultant who agreed to change her meducation. She started her new medication but had to visit her consultant six weeks later and then after another six weeks. She now has an oppointment in twelve months. She has suffered from servere head aches for the past two years her consultant ordera brain scan this came back ok. Her employer told her that she would only be allowed thirty minutes off for each hospital appointment. She work an extra two hours a day to make up the time for the hospital appointments. She becamevery stressed could not sleep only slept approximately two to three house a nightand in some cases were awake for up to thirty nine hours. She visited her GP about three months ago who signed her off sick. Increase her medication one to help her sleep and another ro ease the head aches. She returned back to work on Tuesday 6/12/2016 fazedback to work three hours a day for three days She has been told she will now have a disciplinary for her sickness. She was told the home visits constitute as the investigation and would receive a letter in the post invitingher to a disciplinary. She has ha excessive time of work but other than having the flu all other sickness is because of the lasting effects of having cancer abd the severy side effects if her medication. Yet again she us becoming stressed and her anciety is starting to kick in. As I am in management I for well the company is not following the correct procedure for investigations and disciplinaris.Could you please help and let us know what rights she has and what she can do. Is she still classed as disabled. Thank you for your time
Paulie - 8-Dec-16 @ 2:55 PM
Diagnosed 2014 with grade 3 breast cancer chemo, breast removal and radiotherapy, came through it while working given the ask clear January 2016. June 2016 re-diagnosed with metastatic cancer currently having treatment but finding things very hard still tried to continue working but my consultant and McMillan nurse have said its time to stop and enjoy the time I have. To claim early retirement through ill health I have to be off work,I received a letter telling me they are halving my wages and next year it will stop, so now not only do I have cancer having over me I have the fear of losing what money I do rely on. I have also been informed that it will take months to get my pension sorted out. I actually feel as the nhs want me to drive myself into the ground by returning to work,I have to say this is now making me feel even more ill with the stress.
Frankie - 3-Dec-16 @ 5:54 PM
I was diagnosed with NHL in 2012 and had chemotherapy and radiothetherapy.I relapsed a year later and had more chemotherapy which brought on a life threatening pneumonia. I have since then been on an immunotherapy drug which is keeping me going. I am on Esa and pip and do permitted hours of 13.5 a week I also have Smi for help with my mortgage. A week ago I received a letter from a Compliance officer who wanted to discuss some work I had done that took me over my permitted work. Not was only small amounts not huge and only 3 months. Since this I am extremely worried about things and today I have received another letter about my Smi. I am in the process of selling my house to buy something cheaper and more easier to hear and run. Can they just take all my help/benefits away?? ;-(
n/a - 2-Dec-16 @ 10:51 PM
Hi I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June.I have had a lumpectomy,sentinel biopsy and radiotherapy. Sadly Dad died suddenly whilst I was undergoing my treatment. My radiotherapy site has caused me several problems such as blistering to the whole breast 2 months post radiotherapy. I have seen a dermatologist who says it is eczema which has probably taken hold as the skin is still healing. I have also had several urinary tract infections which can be caused by the cancer prevention drugs I am taking. I was invited into work for an informal chat over coffee and was told I would receive a letter summing up what we talked about. During the meeting it was suggested that I not return to work after Christmas ( this was their suggestion) Today I received a letter summing up the meeting but also containing a paragraph saying that if I do not return to work in January they may have to terminate my employment. I am a nurse and some days due to my radiotherapy burn unable to wear a bra. I don't think It would be exceptable for me to go into work without a bra. As soon as I can I want to return to work and was wondering if they can terminate my employment? Many Thanks Scouse
Scouse - 25-Nov-16 @ 7:53 PM
Podge - Your Question:
I'm on probation in a new role _ been in it 4 months. Some concerns have been raised about my ability to collaborate which has coincided with me having to undergo investigations for cancer returning which they were previously unaware of. I explained this, received a sympathetic immediate reaction but now occupational health has been pushed at me (although I haven't been diagnosed) and my probation is being extended.even though current probation period isn't up (ends at 6 months). Does the equality act protect me on probation? They aren't make allowances for my anxiety but are penalising me with giving me half probation period again. Is this discriminatory?

Our Response:
Your employer seems to have acted reasonably in referring you to Occupational Health and extending your probationary period to allow for what may be multiple absences. If you were dismissed because of the illness/absence, you might then look at using the Equality Act to question it.
SafeWorkers - 24-Nov-16 @ 2:40 PM
I'm on probation in a new role _ been in it 4 months. Some concerns have been raised about my ability to collaboratewhich has coincided with me having to undergo investigations for cancer returning which they were previously unaware of. I explained this, received a sympathetic immediate reaction but now occupational health has been pushed at me (although I haven't been diagnosed) and my probation is being extended.even though current probation period isn't up (ends at 6 months). Does the equality act protect me on probation?They aren't make allowances for my anxiety but are penalising me with giving me half probation period again. Is this discriminatory?
Podge - 23-Nov-16 @ 11:31 PM
The Macmillan team are great.They have templates you can use when writing to your employer and they will advise you if your employer is discriminating against you and you have had cancer.Most of these issues are internal ones with your employer so a solicitor would not get involved at this stage.
Wild child - 20-Nov-16 @ 8:43 PM
Ches - Your Question:
My wife is recovering from breast cancer and had three separate operations her employer a local authority has been nothing but a harassment since she went off. They have just wrote to her saying she will be dismissed if she is not back to work with in a month of receiving their letter (two weeks ago). She has been off work since March , she has been instructed to visit OH on 5 occasions none of the reports state she should be back at work. She has not received or been through any preliminary discussions over possible dismissal and the news is out of the blue. I believe they have breached DDA law by issuing a threat / warning and want to know if you agree, the unions are supportive but don't have any answer to corporate bullies. What can she do as the union say it is not a matter for solicitor's yet. The whole process is an unbelievable stress for her and our family.

Our Response:
Her trade union must be very ineffective. We don't have all the details of your wife's situation but it does sound as though her employer has not handled this well. Please read this useful information from Macmillan about cancer and employment ...it is classed as a protected illness under the terms of the Equality Act. Your wife should consult ACAS or a solicitor if she feels her employer has not followed the correct procedure or treated her fairly.
SafeWorkers - 10-Nov-16 @ 11:00 AM
My wife is recovering frombreast cancer and had three separate operationsher employer a local authority has been nothing but a harassment since she went off. They have just wrote to her saying she will be dismissed if she is not back to work with in a month of receiving their letter (two weeks ago) . She has been off work since March , she has been instructed to visit OH on 5 occasions none of the reports state she should be back at work. She has not received or been through any preliminary discussions over possible dismissal and the news is out of the blue. I believe they have breached DDA law by issuing a threat / warning and want to know if you agree, the unions are supportive but don't have any answer to corporate bullies. What can she do as the union say it is not a matter for solicitor's yet. The whole process is an unbelievable stress for her and our family.
Ches - 9-Nov-16 @ 1:42 PM
pd1964 - Your Question:
I'm currently undergoing reconstruction for Breast Cancer. I was informed I would no longer have a job come the first of the year. Does my employer have to continue to pay my health insurance premiums since I'm going through treatment? What are my rights?

Our Response:
What are the reasons for you no longer having a job? Have you been discriminated against? Cancersufferers are protected under the Equality Act. If it's a genuine redundancy situation then it's unlikely your employer will have to continue to pay heath insurance contributions. Speak to your HR department for more information about any contractual obligations.
SafeWorkers - 20-Oct-16 @ 12:25 PM
I'm currently undergoing reconstruction for Breast Cancer. I was informed I would no longer have a job come the first of the year. Does my employer have to continue to pay my health insurance premiums since I'm going through treatment? What are my rights?
pd1964 - 18-Oct-16 @ 2:56 PM
Had breast cancer five years ago .march this year was diagnosed with agressive breast cancer again .had mastectomy with reconstruction .bn off work now for 12 wks post surgery and bn sighned of for another 8 wks really struggling to cope this time.i have 5 wks hols still to take before end dec.andi will stop being paid shortly .asked employer if i can get my hols paid and was told no i will loose them if i dont return to work before end of dec
Clarabell - 3-Oct-16 @ 9:44 PM
Nic - Your Question:
My husband was diagnosed with non hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014. Prognosis was initially promising because of overall fitness, age and cell type but he needed vigorous chemotherapy. He was unable to work. Chemo not a success and offered 2 further types of chemo looking towards stem cell transplant. He kept work informed and was hoping to return but dates were extended as chemotherapy treatments were not successful. After 1 year he was called to stage 1 sickness meeting looking at possible sanctions. Sarge 2 missed and when chemo unsuccessful he was invited to stage 3 dismissal hearing. He was still hopeful he would be able to return to work but did feel guilty that the company ( a housing charity) were having to make allowances because if his illness. They wanted to replace him.He was dismissed in August 2015, treatment stopped in march 2016 and he died in march 2016. Had he been in employment his dependants would have received 3 times his yearly wage. It was a part of his sickness insurance. Where they within their legal rights to dismiss him?

Our Response:
No, from what you've told us, it sounds like he was the victim of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. Please take a look at this guide from Macmillan which outlines your rights and tell employers what they must do if an employee has cancer. It might be worth seeking legal advice on this if his dependents are struggling financially.
SafeWorkers - 30-Sep-16 @ 11:17 AM
My husband was diagnosed with non hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014. Prognosis was initially promising because of overall fitness, age and cell type but he needed vigorous chemotherapy.He was unable to work. Chemo not a success and offered 2 further types of chemo looking towards stem cell transplant. He kept work informed and was hoping to return but dates were extended as chemotherapy treatments were not successful. After 1 year he was called to stage 1 sickness meeting looking at possible sanctions. Sarge 2 missed and when chemo unsuccessful he was invited to stage 3 dismissal hearing. He was still hopeful he would be able to return to work but did feel guilty that the company ( a housing charity)were having to make allowances because if his illness. They wanted to replace him.He was dismissed in August 2015,treatment stopped in march 2016 andhe died in march 2016. Had he been in employment his dependants would have received 3 times his yearly wage. It was a part of his sickness insurance. Where they within their legal rights to dismiss him?
Nic - 29-Sep-16 @ 8:41 AM
I was offered a job an had a start date, but prior to the start date Iwent for mammogramsand subsequently have had several biopsies to try to find cancer Biopsy results show grade 3 neither cancer nor non cancer so surgical biopsy now planned Job was initially given a start date 2 months ahead but as I am not yet diagnosed, and therefore cannot commit, this has now been withdrawn I thought that cancer was a registered disability, or does that not apply to me as I am still under investigation
nicky - 26-Sep-16 @ 2:52 PM
I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2015 after only being employed for 6 week's.My employers were very supportive.After treatment I returned to work and carried out my normal duties. I have to be seen every three months by my Consultant for the now next 4 years. In March 2016 it was advised that I had another large suspect mole removed from my foot. I took one week off as annual leave as I didn't want it to go down as sick. However it became infected and I had to take one week off sick. A month ago I wasn't well, had one week off sick. I had a return to work meeting and I was told I would be facing a disciplinary if I take anymore time off. I don't think any adjustments were made regarding the cancer and any possible further treatment that may be required. I think it's discriminat ion the way I was made to feel regardless of the circumstances surrounding my sickness. Should I raise a grievance?
Lilpud - 21-Jul-16 @ 3:58 PM
I have just got a new job (about a month) my probationary period is 3 months so I'm still in probation I found out today that I have cancer I'm worried about telling work incase they fire me I am in probation so I know they don't have to give me a reason they can say something like "your skills don't fulfill the role" and get rid of me what do I do?
Aimee - 23-Jun-16 @ 6:00 AM
Hi,I have had cancer twice in the last three years I had to work through chemo which was very difficult due to my work being in construction. I am still having checkups with the surgeon as well as myoncologist appointments CT scans and colonoscopies. I have had to book holidays for every appointment I've had which I don't think is fair. I know I won't get paid for any of these but I don't even get the option of taking the time for the appointments unpaid. I feel discriminated against and think it is very unfair I should have to use about 5 holidays a year for these appointments. Is this right and fair?
Dave941 - 28-May-16 @ 9:26 AM
Hi my wife has Brest cancer and is currently under going chimo treatment Her company whereat first very simperthec but since she had time off due to an infection they have started retracting things previously agreed Ie:- working from home if unwell to attend work(have given her a lap top at home but won't let her use it now) Extend her sick leave to to assist her financially , now retracted This and said she will only get what her contract states Said would pay her for the day as long as she does two hours at start of day if she goes home early due to feeling ill Now say she must work the full day or will only pay her for hours worked plus when sick pay exhausted will not pay her at all All of this has been agreed in meetings but no written prof Her manager is living with the HR manager so feels there is conflict of interest so can not talk to either in confidence as conversation had previous both know of them if discuss with either in confidence Can we do any thing or can you advise on whom we can get advice from.
AJ - 12-May-16 @ 9:58 PM
Misery - Your Question:
Sorry I've not been clear, but my complaint would be the occupational health said that if I answered questions they would properly beable to speak to the hospital and get me a date quicker to have my surgery. I think this was a very sensitive case. I was also asked very personal questions.

Our Response:
It does sound as though they were trying to be helpful, but of course it's your choice if you do not want to give information.
SafeWorkers - 9-May-16 @ 11:15 AM
Sorry I've not been clear, but my complaint would be the occupational health said that if I answered questions they would properly beable to speak to the hospital and get me a date quicker to have my surgery. I think this was a very sensitive case. I was also asked very personal questions.
Misery - 6-May-16 @ 10:06 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the SafeWorkers website. Please read our Disclaimer.