Firing of worker with breast cancer costs employer $22K

Financial hardship, job loss common for women diagnosed with breast cancer: Study
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/26/2010

When Elsa Torrejon, a leasing agent at Weston Property Management in Toronto, told her supervisors she had breast cancer in January 2009 and would need time off for treatment, she was fired.

Torrejon’s story isn’t unique. Of 361 working women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, 16 per cent were terminated while undergoing treatment, according to a survey conducted by the Canadian Breast Cancer Network.

The worry and stress of a stage-two breast cancer diagnosis, combined with the loss of income, left Torrejon, a 50-year-old single mother of two, depressed and anxious.