Individuals with cancer in the workforce and their federal rights

Peter Blanck, William N. Myhill, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Joanna Morales, Paula Pearlman

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It is not uncommon for employers and co-workers to have misperceptions about an individual's ability to work during and after undergoing treatment for cancer [1]. One in four individuals with cancer faces some form of discrimination in the workplace [2, 3]. In the United States, federal laws provide job protection from discrimination to individuals with cancer, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This chapter investigates the effectiveness of these laws in protecting the jobs, quality of life, and livelihoods of individuals in the workforce who are diagnosed with cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWork and Cancer Survivors
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780387720401
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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