Cancer Patients' Rights
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Employers must provide reasonable accommodations when cancer is a disability, unless doing so would be an undue hardship (i.e., a significant difficulty or expense). These accommodations include:
• Leaves for doctors’ appointments and/or to recuperate from treatment
• Breaks or a private area to rest or to take medication
• Adjustments to work schedule
• Permission to work at home
• Modification of office temperature
• Reallocation of marginal tasks to another employee
• Permission to use a work telephone to call doctors.
It is your responsibility to inform your employer that you need special accommodations in order to do your job.
For more information, go to: www.eeoc.gov/facts/cancer.html.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission