I know, personally, that this happens.
I was working for a (naturally) Texas-based corporation in 2005 when I began to have a lot of abdominal issues. A CAT scan showed my intestinal lymph nodes as swollen. Surgery was performed to remove and biopsy one of them. I was out of work for about a month. As a part of that process, I filled out FMLA paperwork, and got it approved by the despicable bitch who ran HR there.
I returned to work after a month, but I had Doctor appointments to go to. And while I was seeing Doctors, the HR bitch in Texas was hunting for loopholes. And she found one: since the workSITE I was at employed fewer than 75 people (not the entire corporation, mind you, just this one worksite,) she “discovered” that I wasn’t eligible for FMLA. She sent me a nice registered letter informing me that if I was so much as late one more time, my employment would be terminated.
I read the letter, asked for a meeting, and resigned the next day. I gave them 3 weeks notice. I figured at least that way, I could go to the Doctor for 3 more weeks. As it happened, I had built a solid reputation with a company I’d worked with before, and they were more than happy to let me come back. I went back the following Monday, which meant that the POS company I was working for got 3 days notice, rather than the 3 weeks I promised them. But I sent them a nice email explaining that, given the shit they’d already pulled on me, I felt like the norms for quitting were already thrown out the window, and besides: I needed a job, obviously. HR bitch managed to pull one more fast one on me, and I was basically robbed of 3 weeks pay, which I was happy to give up to be away from the sons of bitches.
6 years later, I am still at the job I went to to get away from the Texans. And I am grateful that my situation didn’t turn into the situation that this man faces, because that’s surely where I was headed, had I ever gotten sick again. Anyone who argues that our shit healthcare system is the best way to go should carefully consider what happened to this man, and understand that YOUR turn is coming. As far as I know, the milquetoast HCR passed wouldn’t prevent something like this from occurring.
A Natick man is facing unemployment because his wife has cancer.Accountant Carl Sorabella got a raise in November for a job well done, but despite more than 13 years with his company, he was recently laid off after his wife’s life-altering diagnosis.
“I got a call saying I had 55 nodules in my lungs. I collapsed. I absolutely collapsed, because I thought, ‘That’s it — lung cancer. I’m dead,’” Kathy Sorabella said.
Being told they had only months left together, Kathy and her husband, Carl, began life’s worst roller coaster.
“I’ve known Kathy longer than I’ve known my mother. My mother died when I was 18, and we’ve been married for 23 years. She’s my life,” Carl Sorabella said.
With Kathy’s health fragile, Carl knew he’d need time to be at her treatments and tests. When he shared the news with his boss, his employment of nearly 14 years was terminated.
“She said, ‘It’s business. I’m running a company here, and I need to make sure the department runs.’ And I argued that I would make sure the company runs,” Carl Sorabella said.
He said he offered to work nights and weekends, but his boss said no.
“And I’m like, ‘You just can’t do that. I mean, she’s on disability. We have no income now. And unemployment — they cap you at $625 a week,” Carl Sorabella said.
“Fourteen years with the company and they just let him go like that, and that’s what terrified me,” Kathy Sorabella said.
Carl’s employer, Haynes real estate management company in Wellesley is a small office employing fewer than 50 people, so neither state nor federal employment laws apply. There is little Carl can do about his situation — other than collect unemployment.
“I just don’t know how to get my head around something like this,” he said.
In this Plutocracy, if you’re sick, or you have a sick loved one, you are shit to be wiped off the foot of your employer. Meth head Ayn Rand would undoubtedly be PROUD of this corporation for the way they dealt with Carl Sorabella. The rest of us, however, should be sickened and outraged, because if it can happen to him, it can, and WILL, happen to YOU.
I know it can. It happened to ME.