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Maryland woman fired after cancer diagnosis awarded $113K

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Posted at 8:49 AM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 08:49:52-04

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.