And So It Begins

On August 31, 2015 I was fired for having Breast Cancer.

I’ll let that sink it for a minute.

That evening, I received an email with an attached “Notice of Contemplated Action” for being “too sick to work” just before I finished radiation treatment. It wasn’t enough that I was a 41 year old single mother, having to deal with locally advanced cancer, or that they were already being investigated by the EEOC when they decided to do this. Perhaps the craziest part of all is that this is not even where this story starts OR finishes, and what I have learned on this insane journey needs to be shared so that our children never have to endure this.

My story is nearly unbelievable, even to me. And yet, it is ALL true, and none of it “should” have ever happened. I will begin this first post with a brief synopsis, and then hopefully flesh out the parts in detail, both past and current events, as I move forward:

In April 2014, I made an official complaint to the head of my State agency regarding harassment by my male coworker, and his misconduct and security violations. The declined to do any investigations, and began retaliating against me in increasingly severe ways over the next 2.5 years, including deciding to fire me for having Cancer. As things have unfolded, it has revealed a political conspiracy protecting this person, and the participants have done whatever they could to destroy me for ever expecting that this man would be held to the same standards as anyone else.

Now I am fighting my own lawsuit against this corruption. My career has been all but destroyed for daring to stand up for my health and safety, and what was right. I start Law School this week, with the goal of being able to help others when they encounter this horror in their own lives. I have no idea what the outcome of all of this will be, but sometimes success comes regardless of that. It comes because I will not allow what has happened to be considered normal. I will fight for the laws we already think protect us, when it turns out that they have been eroded and filled with loopholes and escapes. I know that the only failure will be to not try my best, and that is never going to happen.