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Former Fox employee claims she was fired due to her illness

A former employee for Fox Television is claiming that, after being diagnosed with cancer, she lost her job for needing time away from work. In her complaint, she stated that she had to undergo necessary surgery to treat her illness. After she returned to work, she claims that she was greeted by a hostile work environment. She claims that she spoke to human resources about the way the way that her coworkers were treating her, but the situation got progressively worse. The Texas woman decided that she would apply for a different position, but she asserts that she was never offered an interview, despite being more qualified than the person who ended up getting the job.

The stress of the job allegedly began to manifest, and the woman began to suffer nausea, chest pressure and insomnia. Due to how she was feeling, she requested that she work month-to-month, but she claims that she was given the ultimatum to either contract for another six months or resign. The plaintiff's symptoms from stress continued, and her doctor recommended she take some time away from work, so she was placed on leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.

She asserts that her recovery was disrupted due to the negative text messages she was receiving, so the leave didn't help her get as well as expected. After returning to work, she had a meeting with Fox executives who placed her back on leave after allegedly stating that they weren't sure what to do with her. She found out afterward that she was fired and apparently has not even been able to return to the building to get her personal items.

The woman filed a suit against Fox and KRIV Fox 26 in a Texas district court, claiming that they were in violation of her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. She further alleges that she was the victim of discrimination and retaliation due to her illness, and she is seeking monetary compensation for damages and associated legal fees, as well as reinstatement of her former position. Employees who feel that their rights have not been respected under FMLA, and who have lost their job for taking leave, may choose to file a claim against their employer in order to be reinstated and receive any remedies the court finds just, according to the individual circumstances of the case.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Houston TV producer claims job loss following cancer treatments", Kelly Holleran, Aug. 19, 2014

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Houston TV producer claims job loss following cancer treatments", Kelly Holleran, Aug. 19, 2014

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