Maryland woman fired after cancer diagnosis awarded $113K
8:49 AM, May 9, 2018
BALTIMORE (AP) -- -
A Maryland woman who was fired weeks after telling her employer she had breast cancer has been awarded more than $100,000.
Attorney Andrew M. Dansicker tells The Daily Record that the Baltimore jury deliberated for about an hour Friday before awarding Kelly Rankin $113,400 in damages on her wrongful termination claim against The Home Repair Solution Inc.
According to the lawsuit, Rankin worked from home the day after a biopsy. She also stepped out to take a doctor's call.
The lawsuit says she then received a warning for attendance issues, was prohibited from working for home, and switched from a salary to hourly compensation. Medical leave requests weren't approved, and she was later fired.
The defense argued Rankin was fired for excessive absences and not treated differently for medical issues.