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Old 11-22-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Teen W/ Cancer Fired for Requesting Time Off For Surgery

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A 19-year-old delivery driver diagnosed with cancer claims he was fired from his job at a suburban Chicago restaurant when he informed his employer he needed to take six weeks off work for surgery.
Jonathan Larson was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine. He has had several rounds of radiation and now needs back surgery, he said.
The surgery would require him to take time off of his job as a delivery driver at Naperville’s Rosebud Restaurant. Larson claims that when he told his boss about his upcoming procedure and said he could be back in six weeks, he was let go.
“[My manager] said, ‘No, by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave, I have to make some phone calls,” Larsen said. “I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help.”
A spokesperson for Rosebud Restaurants said they could not comment on specific personnel matters “due to employee and human resources confidentiality standards.”
“For more than thirty-six years Rosebud has been successful through the hard work of our employees,” the statement read. “We are thoroughly investigating this matter to determine if our processes and protocols were appropriately followed. Rosebud proudly serves the Chicagoland community and considers it our mission to treat all employees fairly.”
Larson said he feels “disrespected and demeaned” because of his diagnosis.
“I would love an apology,” he said. “It would go a long way to make me feel better about the situation.”

Damn. Fcked up situation
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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Modern America, ladies and gentlemen.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Teen W/ Cancer Fired for Requesting Time Off For Surgery

The guy makes it sound like they were pricks about it and if thats the case that aint cool.

But as far as letting him go, what are they supposed to do? Hes not some executive with in-demand skills, or a long tenured employee, with a mortgage and a family to support. Hes a 19 year old delivery driver. Is it seriously a big deal that a restaurant had to let him go and replace him with someone else if he cant work for six weeks? Dude can get a hundred similar jobs as soon as hes able to work again.

This is a story designed to make bleeding hearts and moral elitists feign indignance from a soapbox. The shit isnt really a big deal. Its a delivery job. Good luck to the kid with his treatment tho.

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Old 11-23-2014, 01:07 AM   #4
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Default Re: Teen W/ Cancer Fired for Requesting Time Off For Surgery

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The guy makes it sound like they were pricks about it and if thats the case that aint cool.

But as far as letting him go, what are they supposed to do? Hes not some executive with in-demand skills, or a long tenured employee, with a mortgage and a family to support. Hes a 19 year old delivery driver. Is it seriously a big deal that a restaurant had to let him go and replace him with someone else if he cant work for six weeks? Dude can get a hundred similar jobs as soon as hes able to work again.

This is a story designed to make bleeding hearts and moral elitists feign indignance from a soapbox. The shit isnt really a big deal. Its a delivery job. Good luck to the kid with his treatment tho.

All he did was request time off. They could have kept him as an employee and not pay him. They could just give him his job back after he got done with the surgery. Most jobs have this thing called "medical leave."

It seems to me that this employer was being a dick about the situation, I mean the dude has cancer. How much more of a reason do you need for medical leave?

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if a lawyer gets in this guys ear and he tries to sue the restaurant.
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Modern America, ladies and gentlemen.

The Boomers need us to pay their pensions. But if one of us has intractable cancer we should be fired.

**** OBAMA
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Modern America, ladies and gentlemen.

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