My sister's sister-in-law, H, was let go after 20 years at her job.
To be totally honest, we have never been close, but she's machatunim and that's family. What's more she spent the better part of this past year undergoing major chemo and radiation therapy for (I forget the stage--but it was higher than 1) breast cancer.
Oh yeah, her insurance went with the job--she's trying to see what she's supposed to do now. Thank heaven for Obamacare.
She was assured that her health had nothing to do with the reason she was cut.
And to this I say, bullshit.
A friend just lost her job. She had been there for a dozen years. It came three days after she finally got a positive pregnancy test after years of dealing with infertility, and is the result of her successful IVF. As many readers know, IVF can lead to absences at work. She asked if this had something to do with it.
She was told it did not.
Again to this I say, bullshit.
Almost two years ago I lost my job of ten years. I lost it shortly after I got back from FMLA leave. Three months to be exact. I insisted on taking the full FMLA leave I had a right to, instead of just the 5 week adoption leave which I acknowledge my former company was generous enough to give.
If I had given birth to Lotus, I'd have been entitled to 3 months leave, but I'm not going there now.
Three months after my return I was cut. I was told it had nothing to do with my new parental status.
Again, to this I say, bullshit.
I think that this is happening a great deal and I am fairly sure it is underreported. I think this is happening primarily to women who have health issues. If you know someone who had something like this happen, please comment and let me know.
If you think I'm wrong, also please let me know.