Hello fellow IBD sufferers. I would like to bring to your attention the treatment I received while being employed by XXX. Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. For the most part, the treatments prescribed by my physician kept my disease under control and allowed me to work a full time job in my chosen profession of professional cooking. However, about
one year ago my symptoms became much worse. After some tests it was discovered that I had a stricture in my ileum and surgery looked like the only option.
At this time I was still able to work about
30 hours a week, but did have to call in sick several times a month. When my employer became frustrated with my absences, I disclosed my illness and impending surgery to my managers. I only spoke with them behind closed doors and made it clear I wished this information to remain private, which is my right. However, they decided to not only tell the entire staff about
my condition, but to do so in a meeting calling me forward for a “round of applause.” Until this point I was unaware that they had any intention to break confidentiality and disclose my disease and treatment to the entire store's staff.
Well, the good news is my surgery was a success. Everything went exceptionally well and I recovered very fast thanks to the excellent work by the talented surgeons. After a recovery of about
six weeks I tried to return to work. I was informed that my position was being filled by someone else, but they would do what they could to bring me back in. After going to work and being sent home after only three hours of work I was very frustrated. I tried to complain about
my treatment and was fired on the spot, after only 5 days of returning to work.
I'm sure any of you who have had problems with employers know how difficult it is to obtain legal representation. For the most part I am powerless and there is no way for me to obtain the justice I deserve. So I have turned to you. I would ask that you refrain from eating at XXX. In addition, if you have the time, contact the central office, either by mail or through their own website, and inform them that you stand in solidarity with your fellow IBD sufferer and will not be frequenting any of their restaurants. Hopefully this will stop them from further discriminating behaviors. Thank you for your time.