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Former CFO says she was fired after taking leave for cancer treatment

Employees in New Jersey and throughout the country are protected under federal and state laws in order to prevent their rights from being violated in the workplace. When these rights are violated, individuals often experience undue emotional and financial hardship.

The former chief financial officer for a New York-based law firm is now suing her former employer for employment discrimination. She claims that she was fired by her employer after she was on medical leave to recover from breast cancer. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

According to the complaint, the woman was first hired as the CFO at the law firm in 1992. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2007, she took some time off to receive treatment. The CFO returned to work in March 2008. However, after returning to work, she decided to take a medical leave of three months so that she could focus on recovering.

After returning to work in August 2008, the woman claims that she began to experience discrimination from several of her colleagues. In September 2008, the woman was demoted. She continued working at the firm in a position with less responsibility and authority until she was fired in March 2011.

The 57-year-old woman from Colts Neck, New Jersey, is seeking $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Losing one's job may be an emotionally traumatic experience for some. There are many employees who take pride in their work and who have made significant contributions in the workplace. Individuals may also experience financial hardship due to a loss of income. Fortunately, individuals who believe that they lost their jobs due to discrimination may be eligible to seek justice and compensation for their undue hardship.

Source: Bloomberg, "Proskauer Rose Sued by Former CFO for Discrimination," Chris Dolmetsch and Sophia Pearson, Oct. 5, 2011

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