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Study finds cancer discrimination continues at workplaces

It can be devastating for New Yorkers when they discover that they have cancer. In addition to dealing with the treatments and their disease, some cancer patients are also discriminated against by their employers because of their conditions.

A new study that was published in the "Journal of Oncology Practice" indicates that workplace discrimination against workers who have cancer is a pervasive problem. The Americans with Disabilities Act was originally passed in 1990, and the Amendments Act was passed in 2008. That act included impairments that are caused by chronic illnesses, including cancer.

The researchers compared the number of claims that were made before the Amendments Act from 2001 to 2008 as well as the number of complaints that were made following its passage from 2009 to 2011. They found a significant increase in complaints about relations at work and terms of employment. Other types of complaints did not show any significant differences from before the Amendments Act to after its passage. The researchers believe that oncologists should work with employers to help them to understand how to implement reasonable accommodations for workers who are suffering from cancer.

Disability discrimination includes discrimination against people who have cancer under the ADA and its amendments. People who have experienced workplace discrimination because of their diagnoses may want to consult with employment law attorneys. The lawyers may be able to negotiate with the employers to secure reasonable accommodations for the affected employees. If the employers fail to make accommodations that are reasonable, the attorneys may help their clients with filing discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the corresponding state agency. If the clients are given notice of their rights to sue, the attorneys may file formal civil complaints on their behalf in state or federal court.

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